Saturday, 28 November 2020

Speeding problem investigated

A TRAFFIC speed survey is set to be carried out in the centre of Goring.

A TRAFFIC speed survey is set to be carried out in the centre of Goring.

The parish council is concerned that many drivers travel too fast along High Street.

If it can prove there is a problem, it will ask Thames Valley Police or Oxfordshire County Council to take action.

The council has agreed to pay no more than £100 for the survey, which would be carried out by placing electronic rubber strips across the road at both entrances to the street for a week. These would record the speed of every vehicle that passed.

Councillor David Brooker said: “It has become a bit of a racetrack at times in the centre of Goring.

“I think bad parking causes it because motorists get frustrated driving around people who’ve parked illegally on double yellow lines or on the pavements.

“We should be looking to the county council, as they have highways engineers, to come up with a proposal to solve this.

“High Street is the focus of the village and the main tourist attraction. If I had my way I’d just pedestrianise it.”

Councillor John Wills said: “The police will not be able to take action until they have proof of the speeds that drivers are doing.

“If they need ammunition then we can give it to them.”

Councillor Kevin Bulmer, who is the village’s county councillor, said police carried out traffic surveys last year and found no problem.

But other councillors said officers had only visited sporadically and a more comprehensive survey might yield different results.

Councillor Catherine Hall said: “I imagine this is more reliable than someone in a car. Having a whole week’s record of every car that goes through the village could be very useful.”

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