Agenda and decisions

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Petitions and Public Address


John White (Burford Town Council, Mayor)

County Councillor Nicholas Field-Johnson)


Burford Weight Limit pdf icon PDF 175 KB

Forward Plan Ref: 2019/090

Contact: Natalie Moore, Assistant Transport Planner Tel: 07917 534327


Report by Director for Planning & Place (CMDE4).


This report seeks Cabinet Member approval to move forward with an 18 month experimental environmental weight limit covering the length of Burford High Street between the A40 roundabout to the south and the A361/A424 junction just north of Burford Bridge.  


The town council, local residents and local members of the county council have been campaigning for a weight limit for Burford for many years. They are concerned about noise, vibration, air pollution and road safety issues associated with lorry traffic as well as the negative impact on the town's tourist economy.


However, this is being taken forwards on a temporary, experimental basis initially.  This is because of concerns raised in traffic modelling work that lorries might divert via other towns and villages, transferring these problems there instead.  This would not be acceptable but there is some scepticism about how accurately it is possible to predict such diversion and an expectation that much of the lorry traffic diverting away from Burford would do so via major A roads and motorways, particularly in the case of long-distance lorry traffic.  Traffic monitoring will, therefore, be carried out at a number of key locations in order to identify any possible, adverse effects.


The cost of implementation, including the major costs of signing and enforcement, would be met by the local community.  This project would be the first community funded weight limit in Oxfordshire and can be seen as a pilot for other such schemes elsewhere in future.


The remaining details of enforcement and the operation of a permit scheme (for local access to locations outside Burford High Street for which avoiding the High Street would be too onerous) have been finalised and detailed in this report as stipulated in the Cabinet Member for Environment Delegated Decisions report of November 2018.  Further work has taken place to examine how enforcement and prosecution can be devolved to Burford Town Council, the details of which are set out within this report.


The Cabinet Member is RECOMMENDED to approve the implementation of the experimental weight limit order for Burford.



Scheme approved as recommended in the report.


Note: Scheme to commence when signing in place