Agenda and decisions

Venue: County Hall, New Road, Oxford OX1 1ND

Contact: Graham Warrington  Tel: 07393 001211; E-Mail:  graham.warrington@oxfordshire.gov.uk

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Items
No. Item

1.

Declaration of Interest

Decision:

None

2.

Questions from County Councillors

Any county councillor may, by giving notice to the Proper Officer by 9 am two working days before the meeting, ask a question on any matter in respect of the Cabinet Member’s delegated powers.

 

The number of questions which may be asked by any councillor at any one meeting is limited to two (or one question with notice and a supplementary question at the meeting) and the time for questions will be limited to 30 minutes in total. As with questions at Council, any questions which remain unanswered at the end of this item will receive a written response.

 

Questions submitted prior to the agenda being despatched are shown below and will be the subject of a response from the appropriate Cabinet Member or such other councillor or officer as is determined by the Cabinet Member, and shall not be the subject of further debate at this meeting. Questions received after the despatch of the agenda, but before the deadline, will be shown on the Schedule of Addenda circulated at the meeting, together with any written response which is available at that time

 

Decision:

Councillor Glynis Phillips

 

“'Traffic problems at the Barton Park junction with the northern bypass continue to give cause for concern.

 

I quote from the residents WhatsApp:

 

'”an 18 wheeler truck heading for the crossing .... probably did not see the light change to red soon enough. So he pulled a full on emergency stop right in front of me. All his wheels locked up and was just skidding like on ice  making a huge loud of tyre smoke. You can still see the brake marks in the road.”

 

Another resident reported a lorry stopping so far into the intersection that it was blocking the bus lane and the right turn into Barton Park.

 

The Cabinet Member met with residents on 2nd June and so my question is  what progress has been made with installing barriers at the traffic lights and putting speed cameras in the northern bypass and would he consider reducing the speed to 40mph on this stretch of road and installing elevated traffic lights so that oncoming traffic has ample warning that they need to slow down?”

 

Response from Cabinet Member for Highways Management

 

Thank you for taking this up with me I know you have been working closely with the community there and that the residents value your contribution. It is a shame that some people have chosen to be confrontational and insulting towards me on social media as this makes dealing with everyone's legitimate concerns more challenging.

 

Officers are still considering what type of barrier may be suitable, if any, for installation at the crossing. The issue here is that pedestrian barriers would provide very little protection should a vehicle lose control at the crossing and could indeed lead to a more severe injury for someone waiting at the crossing. Any barriers installed would only give those using the crossing a feeling of being safer and are likely to provide little protection in the event of a collision. As you know the council's budget is extremely limited and the small pot that is allocated to road safety must be used where it results in meaningful enhancements rather than just perceptions of increased safety. I have been working closely with the Police who have looked at the speed data and collision stats at the junction. The collision data shows that between 1/1/2015 and 30/4/2021 (76 months), there have been 4 collisions reported. Obviously, we don't want to see any accidents on our roads, but there are significantly more accidents on other routes.

 

I have asked officers to raise the issue of average speed cameras with the Police as it seems this could be the best system to have a meaningful effect on reducing speeds on the ring road. I am not able to provide any further information on that point at the moment.

 

There are already high-level signals at the junction, as shown below.

 

 

 Ultimately it is regrettable that these deficiencies weren't identified at the planning stage because the council taxpayers are now being asked to foot  ...  view the full decision text for item 2.

3.

Petitions and Public Address

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Decision:

Item 4 – Oxford – Divinity Road, St Mary’s and St Clement’s Areas: Proposed Low Traffic neighbourhoods and Quietways

 

Mazhar Dogar

Anthony Cheke

Craig Simmons

Sadiea Mustafa Awan

Claire Ridley

Robin Tucker

Peter McIntyre

Richard Parnham

Hannah Worker

Ping Low

Tom Sinclair - Oxfordshire Liveable Streets

Jeannette Lindsey-Clark- Kings Oxford

David Maw

Jason Mosley

Zubair Ahmed

County Councillor Mo Fadlalla

County Councillor Damian Haywood

 

5 speakers listed below were unable to join the meeting. As some had submitted copies of their statements in case of connection problems they will be recorded in the minutes

 

City Councillor Saj Malik

Shoiab Ahmed

Aijaz Ali

Kate Turner

Hugh Goodwin

 

 

Written representations were received from and which will also be recorded:

Rosemary Pocock

Dr Daniel Emlyn Jones

Sally Pinnington

Emma Lawrence-Jones

Hester Crombie

Dr Rebecca Klaus

Christopher Morgan

Ingrid Skilbeck

Ivon Asquith

Dr Rebecca Miles

City Councillor Jemima Hunt

 

5. Oxford: Cowley Central East and West Controlled parking Zones – Proposed Amendments

 

Marko Jung

 

6. Launton: Bicester Road – Proposed No Right Turn Restrictions at Access with East West Rail Project Site and Allotments

 

Wendy Foster

 

7. Gosford: Water Eaton Lane – Proposed Waiting Restrictions

 

Ruth French

Written representations from Councillor Ian Middleton

 

8. Didcot Brasenose Road & Slade Road – Traffic Calming

 

Dawn Elsley

Sean Wilde

 

9. Abingdon: Larkhill Road – Proposed Waiting Restrictions

 

Written representations from Councillor Nathan Ley

4.

Oxford - Divinity Road, St Mary's and St Clement's Areas: Proposed Low traffic Neighbourhoods and Quietways pdf icon PDF 1 MB

Forward Plan Ref: 2021/098

Contact: Naomi Barnes, Project Manager Tel: 07824 528681

 

Report by Corporate Director Environment & Place (CMHM4).

 

The report sets out the results of a pre-statutory consultation for a proposal to introduce a Low Traffic Neighbourhood scheme in East Oxford.  This would cover the areas of Divinity Road, St Mary’s and St Clement’s.  This includes key findings on which areas and filters are more widely supported or objected and by which user group.

 

The Cabinet Member for Highways management is RECOMMENDED to:

 

a.         Note the responses to the non-statutory consultation on the east Oxford low traffic neighbourhood including quietways (LTN).

 

b.        Agree that officers review the options based on the consultation output, update the proposals and reconsult

 

c.         Agree that the outcome of consultation on revised proposals be reported to a future Cabinet Member for Highways management meeting

 

d.        Instruct officers to fully assess the impact of the delay on resources and budget on the wider Active Travel programme.

 

 

Additional documents:

Decision:

Approved

 

 

Approved but having regard to the substantive arguments which are now known thatconsultation should be very specifically targeted and measured.

.

 

Approved

 

 

Approved

 

 

5.

Oxford: Cowley Central East and West Controlled Parking Zones - Proposed Amendments pdf icon PDF 1012 KB

Forward Plan Ref: 2021/063

Contact: Tim Shickle, Group Manager – Traffic & Road Safety Tel: 07920 591545/James Whiting, Principal Officer – Parking Tel: 07584 581187

 

Report by Corporate Director Environment & Place (CMDHM5).

 

The report presents responses received to a statutory consultation to amend the recently introduced Cowley Central East and West CPZs in respect of  current exemptions for permit holders at time limited parking places and in respect of waiting restrictions on Crowell Road in the vicinity of its junction with Lewin Close.

 

The Cabinet Member for Highways Management is RECOMMENDED to approve the following amendments to the Cowley Central East and West Controlled Parking Zones (CPZ):

 

a)     Cowley Central East CPZ: to amend the legal order by removing the exemption for permit holders not having to comply with parking restrictions at the following time restricted parking places:

 

          i.    30 minute parking in parts of Barns Road and Cleveland Drive;

        ii.    1 hour parking in parts of St Lukes Road

       iii.    2 hour parking in parts of Barns Road.

 

b)     Cowley Central West CPZ:  to introduce a section of ‘No Waiting at Any Time’ (Double Yellow Lines) on Crowell Road west side for 15 metres either side of the junction with Lewin Close. This in place of the current `No Waiting 8am to 6.30pm Monday to Saturday`

 

c)     Cowley Central East CPZ: to allow residents of Nos.147-169 & 156-166 Oxford Road to apply for both residents & visitor permits subject to a check of any properties granted planning permission on the basis of being car-free developments.

 

Decision:

Approved

 

Approved

 

 

Approved

6.

Launton: Bicester Road - Proposed No Right Turn Restrictions at Access with East West Rail Project Site and Allotments pdf icon PDF 988 KB

Forward Plan Ref: 2021/090

Contact: Tim Shickle, Group Manager – Traffic & Road Safety Tel: 07920 591545/Julian Richardson, Senior Engineer (Road Agreements Team C&W Engineering 2) Tel: 07825 052736

 

Report by Corporate Director Environment & Place (CMHM6).

 

The report presents responses received to a statutory consultation to introduce a proposed no right turn restriction from an access on the south west side of the Bicester Road at Launton (currently serving allotments) approximately 45 metres south east of its roundabout junction with the A4421.  The proposal has been put forward as a result of the additional use of this access by vehicles as part of the East West Rail project and due to restricted visibility to the right. Funding for the consultation on the proposals has been provided by the East West Rail Alliance and, if approved, they will also fund implementation.

 

The Cabinet Member for Highways Management is RECOMMENDED to approve the proposed no right turn restriction from a new access on the south west side of the Bicester Road, Launton as advertised.

 

 

 

 

 

Decision:

Approved

7.

Gosford: Water Eaton Lane - Proposed Waiting Restrictions pdf icon PDF 709 KB

Forward Plan Ref: 2021/088

Contact: Tim Shickle, Group Manager – Traffic & Road Safety Tel: 07920 591545/Mike Wasley, Principal Officer – Traffic Schemes Tel: 07393 001045

 

Report by Corporate Director Environment & Place (CMHM7).

 

This report presents responses received to a statutory consultation to introduce no waiting Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm on both sides of Water Eaton Lane south of the existing no waiting at any time restrictions in the vicinity of its junction with Bicester Road. Funding for consultation on the proposals was provided by Gosford and Water Eaton Parish Council and from the County Council’s Parish Support Budget. If approved the Parish Council will fund implementation. 

 

The Cabinet Member for Highways Management is RECOMMENDED to approve the proposed waiting restrictions on Water Eaton Lane as advertised.

 

 

 

 

Decision:

Deferred for further investigation to include parking surveys

8.

Didcot: Brasenose Road and Slade Road - Traffic Calming pdf icon PDF 3 MB

Forward Plan Ref: 2020/180

Contact: Tim Shickle, Group Manager – Traffic & Road Safety Tel: 07920 591545 / Ryan Moore, Senior Engineer (Road Agreements Team – S&V) Tel: 07557 082568

 

Report by Corporate Director Environment & Place (CMDHM8).

 

At the former Cabinet Member  for Environment delegated decisions meeting on 19 November 2020, the Cabinet Member  approved proposals for a 20mph speed limit as shown at Annex 1 to the report CMDHM8 but  - taking note of representations made by residents objecting to or raising concerns  about  the traffic calming measures as shown at Annex 2 to the report CMDHM8 -  asked officers to investigate alternative provision of raised tables at junctions on the route (in addition to the 2 proposed at the Churchill Road junctions), namely at Morrells Close with Brasenose Road and possibly Icknield way and Oxford Crescent.. The above proposals as shown at Annex 1 & 2 were put forward as part of the approved residential development at Great Western Park and, if approved, would be funded by developers.

 

Following the Cabinet Member’s decision on 19 November, officers requested the developers to explore this alternative design and this report now sets out the original design details along with the results of the further discussions with the developer on the alternative scheme.

 

The Cabinet Member for Highways Management is RECOMMENDED to approve the traffic calming measures in Brasenose Road and Slade Road as originally advertised between 30 September and 30 October 2020 and as shown at Annex 2 to the report CMDHM8.

 

 

 

 

Decision:

Approved

9.

Abingdon: Larkhill Road - Proposed Waiting Restrictions pdf icon PDF 489 KB

Forward Plan Ref: 2021/089

Contact: Tim Shickle, Group Manager – Traffic & Road Safety Tel: 07920 591545/Mark Francis, Traffic and Traffic Schemes Technical Officer Tel: 07730 926962

 

Report by Corporate Director Environment & Place (CMDHM9).

 

The report presents responses received to a statutory consultation to introduce no waiting at any time restrictions at the south end of the Larkhill Road. Funding for consultation on the proposals was provided by Abingdon School who will also fund implementation if approved.

 

The Cabinet Member for Highways Management is RECOMMENDED to approve the proposed no waiting at any time restrictions on Larkhill Road as advertised.

 

 

 

 

 

Decision:

Approved