Proposed changes to Goring High Street
Goring Parish Council’s public consultation on some proposed changes to the High Street aimed at combating some of the problems arising from vehicle movements there closed at the end of May 2017. The changes were supported by a majority of respondents and the proposals have been ratified by the council. Detailed plans and costs are now awaited from Oxfordshire County Council’s Highways department which will be responsible for carrying out the work following a further consultation. It is understood that OCC’s normal Highways budget is unlikely to be able to fund this project so it is hoped that funds can be obtained from the recently-introduced Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) under which house-builders are required to pay a levy based on the floor-area of most new properties they build.
The following extract from the Council’s consultation paper gives a fuller picture but, for the complete consultation document including the council’s response form, visit Goring Parish Council
Goring on Thames Parish Council
Initial Public Consultation – Proposed Works to High Street
Vehicle movement on our High Street has been an issue for some time and has been a major concern registered by residents during Neighbourhood Plan consultations.
The Parish Council have met with Oxfordshire County Council (OCC) Highways Dept. to discuss the various problems, e.g. speeding, congestion due to illegally parked vehicles and vehicles mounting the footpaths. These issues are aggravated by the fact that we have some 5000 vehicles passing through Goring each day, of which some 1000 are commercial vehicles.
As a result of the Parish Council’s meeting with OCC, the following were outlined as, technically, the most suitable works.
A) The introduction of a raised table approx. 10cm high x 2.5m the full width of the road opposite Davis Tate – to encourage drivers to slow down whilst still being small car-friendly.
B) To continue the footpath outside Mary S in a raised form around to the footpath to Wheel Orchard car park – to act as an obstacle encouraging drivers not to mount the footpath or cut the corner tightly.
C) To build out the footpath at the “Give Way” opposite Inspirations, creating a physical “Give Way” island – to emphasise the give way point and to encourage drivers not to block the waiting point by inconsiderate parking.
The committee’s initial view is that this is a commendable attempt to solve some of the perennial problems in the High Street. Unfortunately no detailed dimensions will be available until OCC agree to plan the work but there will be opportunity for further public comment during their formal consultation period.
We understand that an earlier suggestion that the raised table could be located opposite the footpath from the Wheel Orchard car park has been ruled out because it could actually encourage more kerb-mounting by vehicles due to the lack of obvious kerbs.
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