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Tackle traffic plea as homes agreed
11:10am Thursday 29th August 2013 in News
TRAFFIC and parking problems in Abingdon need to be tackled, residents and councillors say.
The call came after plans were approved last week to turn period property Berkeley House in Marcham Road into eight flats and build six homes in the garden.
Vale of White Horse District Council’s planning committee unanimously approved the idea.
Neighbours in Winterborne Road objected to the project, saying it would make parking in Marcham Road and nearby streets worse.
Councillor Jim Halliday said: “We all know the traffic in Marcham Road is bad and every single car makes it worse.
“Already residents have to walk very long distances to their cars.”
Deputy leader of the Vale of White Horse District Council Roger Cox said senior officers were holding talks with the county council about improving pinch points.
He wouldn’t say which pinch points were under review or what projects had been identified.
Councillors said because Oxfordshire County Council’s highways department had no objections to the development, they could not turn it down on the grounds of too much traffic.
Cllr Halliday added: “I accept the committee did not have a valid reason to turn the plan down since the highways department said it was ok.”
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