Council has clear strategy for Witney's roads

First published in Letters

Sir – Nick Wilcock accuses the Conservatives of being “out of touch” (last week’s Gazette Letters) due to the absence of information on Shores Green in a recent newsletter.

In fact work is due to start on improvements in Witney in the next couple of weeks with the Ducklington Lane/Station Lane junction improvements.

That will be the first of four phases of work that comprise the county council’s Witney Transport Strategy, which is aimed at tackling traffic issues and making sure housing growth is matched by infrastructure growth.

The second phase is for improvements at the A40 Downs Road junction, the third phase is the A40 Shores Green slip roads to which Mr Wilcock refers, the fourth phase is improvements at Bridge Street.

This was all approved and fully reported on by the local media in March 2013.

I am therefore not quite sure how we can be accused of being “out of touch”.

Ian Hudspeth, Leader, Oxfordshire County Council, County Hall, Oxford

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11:24pm Thu 1 May 14

nickwilcock says...

Although Ian Hudspeth considers that I 'accused' Witney East Conservatives of being out of touch, a more careful reading of my letter would confirm that I actually wrote that their newsletter makes them 'appear' to be so.

But then again, perhaps careful reading might not be a natural OCC trait? For example, as I advised Mr. Hudspeth in my letter in the Witney Gazette of 20 Jun 2012, the public inquiry inspector's report to the Secretary of State included, in paragraph 7.51 a statement that "The council has said that, if the Orders and Application for the Cogges Link Road are not confirmed, then it would make an early start on preparations for the Shores Green Slip Roads".

Note the words "an early start", Mr Hudspeth, not "perhaps at some vague time in the future once we've finished the Thorney Leys junction and the Downs Road roundabout scheme....".

It is high time that OCC stopped sulking over their Cogges Bypass defeat and faced up to the assurance they gave to the public inquiry. Others have called for urgent action to deliver the Shores Green Slip Roads and it will doubtless be down to the voters of East Witney to decide at the forthcoming election which party's candidates they feel actually are ‘in touch’ with local matters.
Although Ian Hudspeth considers that I 'accused' Witney East Conservatives of being out of touch, a more careful reading of my letter would confirm that I actually wrote that their newsletter makes them 'appear' to be so. But then again, perhaps careful reading might not be a natural OCC trait? For example, as I advised Mr. Hudspeth in my letter in the Witney Gazette of 20 Jun 2012, the public inquiry inspector's report to the Secretary of State included, in paragraph 7.51 a statement that "The council has said that, if the Orders and Application for the Cogges Link Road are not confirmed, then it would make an early start on preparations for the Shores Green Slip Roads". Note the words "an early start", Mr Hudspeth, not "perhaps at some vague time in the future once we've finished the Thorney Leys junction and the Downs Road roundabout scheme....". It is high time that OCC stopped sulking over their Cogges Bypass defeat and faced up to the assurance they gave to the public inquiry. Others have called for urgent action to deliver the Shores Green Slip Roads and it will doubtless be down to the voters of East Witney to decide at the forthcoming election which party's candidates they feel actually are ‘in touch’ with local matters. nickwilcock
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2:58pm Fri 2 May 14

mike4753 says...

I see from Mr Hudspeths comments that we are likely to have to wait a further 3 years or so until the Shores Green improvements are completed due to funding. What's happened to the £16 million that OCC had from developers to build the Cogges Link Road. I suppose all the NIMBY's against the Cogges Link Road have lost this for the people of Witney-the money having returned to the developers and hence the people have got to put up with the traffic chaos for another 5 years!
Also ,what has happened to our local landowner ,Mr Mawle, has he also taken back his £4.5 million from the Cogges Link Road fund?
He said he was giving this towards the Shores Green junction improvements in which case this would be enough to carry out the proposed works.
Has he changed his mind because he could not get permission for more development land.
Why is everybody so self centred and greedy- they talk a good story but deep down it's all what's in it for them!
The longer this goes on ,the longer Witney remains one big car park.
For heavens sake can't someone sort this out and quickly.
I see from Mr Hudspeths comments that we are likely to have to wait a further 3 years or so until the Shores Green improvements are completed due to funding. What's happened to the £16 million that OCC had from developers to build the Cogges Link Road. I suppose all the NIMBY's against the Cogges Link Road have lost this for the people of Witney-the money having returned to the developers and hence the people have got to put up with the traffic chaos for another 5 years! Also ,what has happened to our local landowner ,Mr Mawle, has he also taken back his £4.5 million from the Cogges Link Road fund? He said he was giving this towards the Shores Green junction improvements in which case this would be enough to carry out the proposed works. Has he changed his mind because he could not get permission for more development land. Why is everybody so self centred and greedy- they talk a good story but deep down it's all what's in it for them! The longer this goes on ,the longer Witney remains one big car park. For heavens sake can't someone sort this out and quickly. mike4753
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