Residents’ long wait for traffic bollard goes on

Kidlington High Street.

District councillor Tim Emptage

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RESIDENTS in Kidlington are still waiting for a bollard to enforce a one-way system brought in more than two years ago.

The village’s High Street was pedestrianised in April 2012 but there is nothing to prevent drivers from going down towards Banbury Road other than a warning sign.

Cherwell District Council now says the £52,000 works could start next month if Oxfordshire County Council agrees them.

But David Robey, a Kidlington Parish Council member, said the village had been waiting too long.

He said: “Traffic is still going down the High Street. We understand a rising bollard is on its way but it has been delayed for longer than it should have been.

“The traffic order just isn’t going to work unless you have the rising bollard.”

And he said the sign warning of the new traffic measures was too confusing and drivers were ignoring it.

He said: “The traffic order is still being flouted. The idea is to make Kidlington High Street more attractive by pedestrianising it and clearly pedestrianisation does not work if you have cars driving through. It makes a nonsense of the whole idea.”

In June, the district council said it would pay for the £52,000 bollard – which will rise from 10am to 4.30pm to stop traffic – and split £3,000-a-year running costs with the parish council.

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Tim Emptage, a district council member for Kidlington South, said the village deserved the investment.

He said: “We feel Kidlington has not received proportional investment from Cherwell District Council as Bicester and Banbury.”

District council spokeswoman Jemma Callow said it hoped to start work on the bollard next month but was waiting for an agreement to be signed off by the county council.

She said: “This has been a complex process but essential to enabling the installation of the bollard.

“The other outstanding issue relates to the installation of a new CCTV camera to ensure the new bollard is monitored.”

And she added: “We will be sending notification to all those affected by the bollard, including people with existing exemption certificates, prior to any work taking place.”

The work can begin once the two councils strike an agreement under Section 278 of the Highways Act 1980 County council spokesman Martin Crabtree said: “The county council promptly turned around the Section 278 submission once received. The draft Section 278 agreement has been sent to the district council for review.

“We have also sent our technical audit comments and are awaiting a response before we can give technical approval.

“Works can begin once Section 278 Agreement has been completed and technical approval has been issued.”

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7:14pm Tue 29 Apr 14

Quentin Walker says...

We are in dire financial straits and to spend £52,000 on installation and a further £3,000 per year in maintenance is madness.
We are in dire financial straits and to spend £52,000 on installation and a further £3,000 per year in maintenance is madness. Quentin Walker
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7:20pm Tue 29 Apr 14

Dilligaf2010 says...

£52,000 for a bollard? I hope it's made of Unicorn horns, if it's not someone is getting ripped off!
£52,000 for a bollard? I hope it's made of Unicorn horns, if it's not someone is getting ripped off! Dilligaf2010
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9:48pm Tue 29 Apr 14

Andrew:Oxford says...

Local authorities aren't capable of thinking sensibly sometimes.

Rather than install a bollard, why not lease the space to a licensed trader who operates from a van?
Local authorities aren't capable of thinking sensibly sometimes. Rather than install a bollard, why not lease the space to a licensed trader who operates from a van? Andrew:Oxford
  • Score: 2

7:12am Wed 30 Apr 14

Cityview says...

We are dealing with the same problem of motorists not understanding or ignoring signs. This all started when the legislation changed and we lost the red and white "No Entry except for....." Signs. A change in legislation back to the old style signs would solve the problem and in this case save £52,000. Mind you it would lose the council £millions in fines in Oxford because very few people would go through the bus only signs.
We are dealing with the same problem of motorists not understanding or ignoring signs. This all started when the legislation changed and we lost the red and white "No Entry except for....." Signs. A change in legislation back to the old style signs would solve the problem and in this case save £52,000. Mind you it would lose the council £millions in fines in Oxford because very few people would go through the bus only signs. Cityview
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10:46am Wed 30 Apr 14

ChrisThrutney says...

Put a traffic camera there instead and fine drivers who ignore the no entry signs. The money raised will pay for the camera and should deter LAWBREAKERS. ie this is not a tax on drivers, this idea to the prevent ignorant drivers breaking the law and if hitting their pockets is the only way they will learn then so be it. Don't waste a ton of money on a stupid bollard.
Put a traffic camera there instead and fine drivers who ignore the no entry signs. The money raised will pay for the camera and should deter LAWBREAKERS. ie this is not a tax on drivers, this idea to the prevent ignorant drivers breaking the law and if hitting their pockets is the only way they will learn then so be it. Don't waste a ton of money on a stupid bollard. ChrisThrutney
  • Score: 4

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