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Residents’ long wait for traffic bollard goes on
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.
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.
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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