Lockinge & West Hendred - Proposed Countryside Access Vehicle Restrictions INFORMAL CONSULTATION

Oxfordshire County Council is looking to introduce restrictions to vehicle use within sections of Byway located in the Lockinge & West Hendred areas. Ahead of this OCC needs to consult widely to ensure that the proposed TRO meets the needs of users, residents, local businesses & community groups.

Specifically the proposals comprise of the following measures:

TRO 1 - Lockinge (byway) - restrictions on all motor vehicles and horse carriage drivers:

The byway includes a crossing of the Ginge Brook which includes one very steep bank which is considered hazardous (see photo). OCC Officers believe that it is not possible to engineer a reasonable solution that safely provides for all byway users in this location in such a restricted ‘pinch point’ and that preserves the environment. In addition the byway and surrounding farmland has also been subject to illegal flytipping and harecoursing activities as well as damage to environment from vehicles seeking alternative routes to the slope. A TRO is considered necessary as the only option that will enable access control structures to be installed and to ensure users’ safety along the whole of the track as well as protection of the environment.

Reasons are:

      1. For avoiding danger to people or other traffic using the byway and preventing danger arising. It is not considered possible to accommodate the likelihood of all byway users negotiating the crossing and slope at the same time. There are no escape routes and poor visibility. Additionally, as a fenced route for much of its length there is very limited space for all users to use the route at the same time and for motor vehicles to turn round and retrace their route.
      2. For preventing damage to the byway and the land it passes through. Damage from users attempting to ascend/descend the slope and on surrounding land from alternative routes being sought.
      3. For facilitating the passage on the byway of walkers, cyclists and horse riders. These are vulnerable road users affected by noise, speed and proximity of motor vehicles - especially within the pinch point of the crossing and slope, but on the narrower fenced sections too.
      4. For affording better opportunities for the public to enjoy the amenities of the area, for recreation. Improved infrastructure is planned to support the creation of route one of the Science Vale Cycle Network which is a shared walking, cycling and horse-riding community ‘Greenway’.

TRO 2 - West Hendred (byway & restricted byway) restrictions on all motor vehicles:

The byway follows a fenced route and dead ends in a field with no lawful continuation. The track it runs over continues as a restricted byway with no rights of access for motor vehicles. Any public motor vehicles using this route would have to retrace their route. In addition the byway, restricted byway and surrounding farmland has also been subject to illegal flytipping and harecoursing activities. A TRO is considered necessary as the only option that will enable access control structures to be installed and to ensure users’ safety along the whole of the track as well as protection of the environment.

Reasons are:

      1. For avoiding danger to people or other traffic using the way and preventing danger arising. As a fenced route for much of the byway section there is very limited space for all users to use the route at the same time and for motor vehicles to turn round and retrace their route.
      2. For facilitating the passage on the way of walkers, cyclists, horse riders and horse carriage drivers. These are vulnerable road users affected by noise, speed and proximity of motor vehicles – especially on the narrower fenced in sections and on the restricted byway section.
      3. For preventing the use of the road by vehicular traffic as that use is unsuitable for the character of the whole of the way. The physical trackway of the Icknield Way cannot legally accommodate public motor vehicle use on the restricted byway section.
      4. For affording better opportunities for the public to enjoy the amenities of the area, for recreation. Improved infrastructure is planned to support the creation of route one of the Science Vale Cycle Network which is a shared walking, cycling and horse-riding community ‘Greenway’

Comments on the proposals and other representations may be sent in by completing the online questionnaire, via email or in writing (quoting ref: CM/LockingeHendred_Informal) to the address below or by completing the online questionnaire by Friday 31 May 2019.

What happens next?

The responses to this consultation exercise will be carefully reviewed. If there is support for introducing the restrictions, we will then prepare a draft Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) that will specify the detailed provisions of the proposed vehicular restriction, and we will write again to seek views as part of the formal consultation required for all TROs.

Note: Whilst we will endeavour to answer simple queries during the course of the informal consultation, more complex questions/issues will be appraised and dealt with as part of consultation process. Should the proposed TRO move onto the formal consultation stage further information will be provided at that point.

Please read the information provided on this consultation. Your views and opinions matter. Please take the time to respond.

Timeline

  • Opened
    8 May 2019 at 00:00
  • Closes
    31 May 2019 at 23:59
  • Response to be published

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Details

Contact Name Christian Mauz (Technical Officer - Traffic & Road Safety)
Contact Email Address christian.mauz@oxfordshire.gov.uk
Contact Phone Number 0345 310 1111
Contact Postal Address Oxfordshire County Council
County Hall
New Road
Oxford
OX1 1ND
Contact Details

Consultation Topic Economy & business , Environment & waste, Leisure & culture, Planning, Roads & transport
Target Audience Oxfordshire residents, Councillors, Voluntary organisations and community groups
Geographical Area Grove and Wantage