You may be aware that the County Council is currently consulting on experimental measures to reduce car traffic and increase walking and cycling. This is due to the government instruction to councils to rapidly introduce measures to make walking and cycling safer and enabling social distancing on the roads.
These closures are all experimental, so are in place for a maximum of 18 months while public opinion is sought on whether they should remain or not.
Storey’s Way is an example of one such experimental closure, where the closure was introduced rapidly to meet the government requirement. As local Councillors, our ability to influence this was very limited due to the tight time restrictions from the government.
The County Council are now working to develop a second tranche of experimental closures. As these will not be considered until the end of September, we are able to affect, challenge or encourage these based on the consensus from residents.
They have proposed a trial “modal filter” on Oxford Road. This would be a set of bollards or similar measures to prevent car traffic through to Windsor Road, but allow access for pedestrians, cyclists and emergency vehicles. If implemented, this would be in place for a maximum of 18 months.
The officers have assured us they will not go ahead with this unless there is a consensus from residents that it would be welcomed, and therefore we are writing to you today to urge you to respond to our survey. We will be driven by the consensus across the ward in recommending whether the experiment goes ahead or is stopped.
Please do respond to our survey to let us know your views. The deadline for this survey is 15th September.
Thank you for taking part in this survey: we are committed to representing your views on this issue and very much appreciate your time on this.
Cheney & Greg