Saturday, 28 November 2020

Potholed lay-by branded ‘dangerous‘

THE Dog Lane lay-by off the B481 in Peppard is “dangerous“, claims a parish councillor.

THE Dog Lane lay-by off the B481 in Peppard is “dangerous“, claims a parish councillor.

Leeanne Flett said the road surface was full of potholes and in some places had disintegrated so badly that it was almost non-existent.

The lay-by is used for parking by customers of the Daisy‘s at the Dog restaurant and is also used by heavy goods vehicles coming to and from Greys Green golf course, which is being redeveloped.

Councillor Flett said: “The road is kind of destroyed now. I think it‘s dangerous because of the potholes. The road is becoming almost non-existent in parts.

“We need a plan to stop it degenerating further. What is it going to be like if they‘re doing work on the golf course for the next three years? It‘s a problem.“

The golf course started a four-year redevelopment in August which involves about 5,000 truck movements in order to move 100,000 tonnes of soil and other materials to and from the site.

David Bartholomew, who represents Peppard on Oxfordshire County Council, the highways authority, claimed that any damage to the lay-by should be the responsibility of the golf course.

He said: “The parish can ask them what they are going to do about it. The county council might get involved, as might South Oxfordshire District Council.

“The best course of action is to send a letter from the parish council outlining what the issue is.“

Councillor Fiona Berry suggested that the council refreshed its knowledge of the golf course‘s traffic management plan, which restricts the times when lorries can enter and leave the site.

Beverley Dobson, who opened Daisy‘s at the Dog in March after relocating from the Herb Farm in Sonning Common, said the golf course was making the best of a bad situation.

She said: “I think the golf course would admit it‘s not an ideal situation but progress has to be made.

“They are keeping the roads in good condition to the best of their ability and I have seen them come out with pots of liquid tar to deal with potholes quickly.

“From about October last year, I would say the road has actually got better.

“I think the road is actually looked after better than when the county council‘s highways department was dealing with it.“

From September staff and pupils at Peppard Primary School will be walking through the lay-by to get from the school to a new field they will be using for PE lessons.

The golf course management has told the school it will have someone manning the lay-by to stop traffic when the children are going past.

Nick Steele, the school‘s headteacher, said: “I drive past there on my way to work and I have seen there has been work done there to tidy it up.

“They have agreed to put in extra measures to help when the children cross, which will only take a minute or so each time. The lay-by does not really impact on us or our usage as long as the golf course keep to what they have suggested.“

L&N Golf Management, which runs the golf course, declined to comment.

Meanwhile, the golf course has applied for planning permission to create a landscape bund along Dog Lane. A 1m high soil bank would be created between the road to the course and an access road to houses in Dog Lane.

Phil Edwards, who lives in Dog Lane, wrote to the district council stating his support for the plans.

He said the changes would lead to improved privacy at his property, a significant reduction in noise and dust and improved safety at the junction between Dog Lane and the golf course entrance.

Mr Edwards added: “Throughout the works, [L&N Golf Management director] Lee Rawlings and his team have regularly consulted with us, taking our concerns and views into account.“

The parish council has recommended the application is approved by the district council.

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