Campaigners' joy as 20-year fight for crossing is finally won

thisisoxfordshire: Lilian Sherwood, front centre, and other campaigners – including councillors John Tanner and Bob Price – at Weirs Lane Buy this photo Lilian Sherwood, front centre, and other campaigners – including councillors John Tanner and Bob Price – at Weirs Lane

CAMPAIGNERS calling for a crossing in Weirs Lane have hailed a victory after two decades of campaigning.

County council cabinet member for transport Rodney Rose approved plans for a zebra crossing in the area on Thursday.

The £16,000 scheme will be paid for out of the personal highways budgets of councillors John Tanner and Chip Sherwood.

Fox Crescent resident Lilian Sherwood, 63, was overjoyed by the news.

The grandmother said: “My reaction is wow, at last it’s finally going to happen.

“It’s going to help so many people, and it’s not just about crossing the road.

“For the children going to St Luke’s to the elderly people, this will reunite the community here.”

Over the years campaigners said the crossing was needed because of the speed of traffic on the road, a key link between south and east Oxford.

The Rev Jane Sherwood, vicar of St Luke’s Church, said: “It’s great news, particularly for children who cross the road to take part in some of our weekday groups.”

Mr Tanner said: “I’m very pleased. “At long last, it looks as though 2013 is going to be the year that local people can cross Weirs Lane in safety.

“This has been going on for 20 years. “Weirs Lane divides a community in two and there isn’t currently a safe place to cross. “It’s particularly dangerous for elderly people and children.”

Summing up his decision, Mr Rose said: “I think it’s self-explanitory and I know a lot about this case already, so I’m happy for the recommendations to go forward.”

During a consultation on the plans, several letters of support from residents were received, and only one objection.

A council report said: “One objection was received from the occupiers of a property close to the proposed crossing on the grounds that it would aggravate traffic congestion and noise, and adversely affect the value of properties.

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“The letter of objection included the suggestion that the crossing should be provided further east on the part of the road where there were no frontage properties.”

But the council report dismissed the concerns, saying: “As zebra and pelican crossings are routinely provided on residential roads with similar levels of traffic with no obvious adverse effects, it is not anticipated that the proposed crossing would result in the problems stated in the objection. A crossing further east would be much less convenient for the majority of the pedestrians for whom the crossing is intended to serve.”

Work is expected to start later this year.

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10:24pm Sat 5 Jan 13

Myron Blatz says...

How amazing - 20 years to get a crossing, and only months before Labour Councillors have to Stand again in the County Council elections in 2013 - not to mention using-up the current 'slush fund' available to County Councillors. Still, nice to see neither Cllrs Price or Tanner decrying Tory-controlled Oxfordshire County Council, as they usually do!
How amazing - 20 years to get a crossing, and only months before Labour Councillors have to Stand again in the County Council elections in 2013 - not to mention using-up the current 'slush fund' available to County Councillors. Still, nice to see neither Cllrs Price or Tanner decrying Tory-controlled Oxfordshire County Council, as they usually do! Myron Blatz
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10:48am Sun 6 Jan 13

Andrew:Oxford says...

There could well be an increase in crossings at this point once the Tesco store opens.
There could well be an increase in crossings at this point once the Tesco store opens. Andrew:Oxford
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11:03am Sun 6 Jan 13

BartSimpson_ox says...

I have heard of no accidents at this point, so expect some now!
I have heard of no accidents at this point, so expect some now! BartSimpson_ox
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2:36pm Sun 6 Jan 13

drate says...

There was actually an accident a few years back when a local elderly partially sighted man got knocked down by a car in weirs lane .
It is also dangerous for children trying to cross as cars often do not slow down after driving over Donnington bridge
There was actually an accident a few years back when a local elderly partially sighted man got knocked down by a car in weirs lane . It is also dangerous for children trying to cross as cars often do not slow down after driving over Donnington bridge drate
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6:52pm Sun 6 Jan 13

iklhik says...

How does it cost £16,000 for a bit of white paint and two flashing lights? Sounds like we are getting ripped off through poor council procurement.
How does it cost £16,000 for a bit of white paint and two flashing lights? Sounds like we are getting ripped off through poor council procurement. iklhik
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