Cameron backs concern at A40 route to school

David Cameron

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PRIME Minister David Cameron has written to Oxfordshire County Council echoing concerns about a road deemed safe to walk for schoolchildren.

Parent Lionel Bolton, from Cassington, wrote to the Witney MP after the county council deemed the A40 a safe road and announced it was cancelling free bus services taking children to the Bartholomew School in Eynsham after a review in April.

Mr Bolton, whose 10-year-old son is due to start at the school in September, said the road between Cassington and Eynsham was previously classified as dangerous and council figures show that 81 vehicle collisions have occurred on the road between 2010 and 2013.

He joined 30 parents and children on a protest walk on Thursday afternoon.

Five sets of parents, including Mr Bolton, have lodged an appeal against the decision and a hearing will take place on July 21.

Mr Cameron has written to county council leader Ian Hudspeth expressing an interest in the outcome of an appeal.

He also questioned why the previously “dangerous” road is now deemed safe.

Mr Bolton said: “I was very pleased when he gave us his support.”

A spokesman for the county council refused to speculate on whether Mr Cameron’s interest would have an impact on the appeal.

He said: “A number of families have appealed against the decision, and those appeals are due to be heard by an independent panel later this month.”

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8:07am Sat 5 Jul 14

HomerSimpsonDoh says...

What a two faced toad. It's due to his Tory Toffs cuts that councils are having to make these decisions. Double standards from Tory boy again.
What a two faced toad. It's due to his Tory Toffs cuts that councils are having to make these decisions. Double standards from Tory boy again. HomerSimpsonDoh
  • Score: 1

9:39am Sat 5 Jul 14

C ARINGAROSA says...

I do not believe that there is any such thing as a dangerous road, only dangerous people, who will not do as they are told, when using the roads.
Speed limits and other rules are put in place for a reason.People must re learn that grand old word, obedience,then we will all be safer when we go out. Most Vehicles need an M O T after so many years ,maybe the drivers should be M O T ed as well.
C.Aringarosa,Corn Street,Witney.
I do not believe that there is any such thing as a dangerous road, only dangerous people, who will not do as they are told, when using the roads. Speed limits and other rules are put in place for a reason.People must re learn that grand old word, obedience,then we will all be safer when we go out. Most Vehicles need an M O T after so many years ,maybe the drivers should be M O T ed as well. C.Aringarosa,Corn Street,Witney. C ARINGAROSA
  • Score: -2

10:21am Sat 5 Jul 14

mytaxes says...

Parents should walk with the children then there would be no problem and they might even benefit from the exercise.
Parents should walk with the children then there would be no problem and they might even benefit from the exercise. mytaxes
  • Score: 1

11:29am Sat 5 Jul 14

Mrs Arcanum says...

For goodness sake, there are the dreadful traffic lights on the Cassington Junction. Surely it is not beyond OCC to highlight that children may use these as a crossing point.
For goodness sake, there are the dreadful traffic lights on the Cassington Junction. Surely it is not beyond OCC to highlight that children may use these as a crossing point. Mrs Arcanum
  • Score: 1

12:00pm Sat 5 Jul 14

HomerSimpsonDoh says...

mytaxes wrote:
Parents should walk with the children then there would be no problem and they might even benefit from the exercise.
How would they do this while at work?
[quote][p][bold]mytaxes[/bold] wrote: Parents should walk with the children then there would be no problem and they might even benefit from the exercise.[/p][/quote]How would they do this while at work? HomerSimpsonDoh
  • Score: 3

4:48pm Sat 5 Jul 14

mytaxes says...

HomerSimpsonDoh wrote:
mytaxes wrote:
Parents should walk with the children then there would be no problem and they might even benefit from the exercise.
How would they do this while at work?
Get parents to take other children too, start a rota. Other parents have to do it.
[quote][p][bold]HomerSimpsonDoh[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mytaxes[/bold] wrote: Parents should walk with the children then there would be no problem and they might even benefit from the exercise.[/p][/quote]How would they do this while at work?[/p][/quote]Get parents to take other children too, start a rota. Other parents have to do it. mytaxes
  • Score: 4

10:31pm Thu 10 Jul 14

the wizard says...

How about Cameron backing somebody to come in and get some resolutions passed to get us out of this A40 mess. High time that after OCC have avoided doing anything about it things were changed. The population of Camerons patch are sick to the back teeth of this on going farce, and yet nothing is done. The main route through to Wales at non motorway level and its farcical. Tory boys are all for photo opportunities but little action seems to take place out side of Westminster, but here we have a PM who stated that his voting public would not suffer if he became PM, yet here we are suffering every day, going to and coming home from work. However that is not quite true, because the road is usually grid locked now outside of those times as well, so the situation is worse, AND STILL YOU DO NOTHING MR CAMERON. Time for you to come down to your voting publics level, understand our frustrations and do something about it. After all, its what you get paid for. Get on Hudspeths back and force through change for the better, you are always bleeting about it on TV, so let's see you deliver some change for the better instead of Coulson style spin.
How about Cameron backing somebody to come in and get some resolutions passed to get us out of this A40 mess. High time that after OCC have avoided doing anything about it things were changed. The population of Camerons patch are sick to the back teeth of this on going farce, and yet nothing is done. The main route through to Wales at non motorway level and its farcical. Tory boys are all for photo opportunities but little action seems to take place out side of Westminster, but here we have a PM who stated that his voting public would not suffer if he became PM, yet here we are suffering every day, going to and coming home from work. However that is not quite true, because the road is usually grid locked now outside of those times as well, so the situation is worse, AND STILL YOU DO NOTHING MR CAMERON. Time for you to come down to your voting publics level, understand our frustrations and do something about it. After all, its what you get paid for. Get on Hudspeths back and force through change for the better, you are always bleeting about it on TV, so let's see you deliver some change for the better instead of Coulson style spin. the wizard
  • Score: 0

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