Zebra crossing work finally set to start

Herald Series: Resident and member of West Wantage Neighbourhood Action Group, Wendy Stimpson, right, waits to cross Limborough Road with Bill Atkinson and councillor Jenny Hannaby Buy this photo Resident and member of West Wantage Neighbourhood Action Group, Wendy Stimpson, right, waits to cross Limborough Road with Bill Atkinson and councillor Jenny Hannaby

SHOPPERS who have waited five years for a zebra crossing on a busy road in Wantage have been been told work will finally begin this month.

In 2007 Oxfordshire County Council was given £45,000 to to install a zebra crossing, a traffic island and paint new markings in Limborough Road.

The money was part of section 106 planning gain from David Wilson Homes, when the developer built Willow Grange retirement block.

But despite having the money, the work has never been carried out.

Wendy Stimpson, 67, from Barwell, uses the road regularly to get into town, but she is concerned by the speed at which drivers take the corner going in and out of Sainsbury’s car park.

She said: “People are driving too fast around the corner and cannot see if anyone is trying to cross.

“One day there will be someone who can’t walk quickly enough and they will be knocked down.

“There are a lot of people besides myself who would like to know when we will be getting this crossing put in.

“We are told date after date but no crossing.”

She added that her grandson had almost been involved in an accident there recently.

The land on which Willow Grange was built was sold to David Wilson Homes by its original owner, Bushbuy, which still owns the land on which the shopping precinct is built.

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Bill Atkinson of Bushbuy said: “The road opposite the Sainsbury’s garage is so wide it is a death trap to cross.

“You are getting an increasing flow of traffic and everybody coming from the other side of the bridge has to cross over.

“It seems unfortunate that, in times of financial constraints, a much needed crossing point is delayed even after payment has been made by the developer for the works.”

The county council officially adopted the stretch of road from Bushbuy earlier this year, after the developer connected street lamps on the road to the electrical supply.

Vale district councillor for Wantage Jenny Hannaby said the work was delayed by a “catalogue of oversights”.

“When I asked in 2009 when we were getting road work done we found out the road was not adopted,” said Mrs Hannaby.

“I believe the hold-up has partly been because the county council would like to do all the work in one go.

“It is vital that we get this work done in November, and that all of the work gets done together.”

County council spokesman Martin Crabtree said: “Implementing a road scheme like this requires us to bring together a number of elements such as land ownership, design safety audits and traffic counts.

“We also need to take account of local factors when scheduling the work and we try to select a time that is acceptable to traders and the local community.”

Mr Crabtree said work is due to start on November 30 but could not say how long it would take to complete.

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4:14pm Fri 2 Nov 12

flynn77 says...

Hannaby Herald strikes again!!!

5 years to paint some lines on the road and she's acting like she's achieved something.

"Mr Crabtree said work is due to start on November 30 but could not say how long it would take to complete. " -

Seeing as it took 6 weeks to replace the traffic lights by Broadway motors whilst failing to resurface the road and making it practically impossible for a bus to get around the corner....

I'm guessing Christmas..... 2013!

Wonder where the £45k's been sat for the last 5 years?

Also, can someone help me....

Is that Jenny's Glum or Grinning face? It's becomming hard to tell the difference.
Hannaby Herald strikes again!!! 5 years to paint some lines on the road and she's acting like she's achieved something. "Mr Crabtree said work is due to start on November 30 but could not say how long it would take to complete. " - Seeing as it took 6 weeks to replace the traffic lights by Broadway motors whilst failing to resurface the road and making it practically impossible for a bus to get around the corner.... I'm guessing Christmas..... 2013! Wonder where the £45k's been sat for the last 5 years? Also, can someone help me.... Is that Jenny's Glum or Grinning face? It's becomming hard to tell the difference. flynn77
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4:15pm Fri 2 Nov 12

flynn77 says...

In next weeks herald.......

Jenny looks on glummly at the overflowing recycling bins near Sainsburys and tries to convince us it's those dastardly Tories fault.
In next weeks herald....... Jenny looks on glummly at the overflowing recycling bins near Sainsburys and tries to convince us it's those dastardly Tories fault. flynn77
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8:37pm Fri 2 Nov 12

oxinkytext says...

What has on earth has happened to the Herald? Surely, they can find some real stories instead of writing this trivial JH stuff each and every week.
What has on earth has happened to the Herald? Surely, they can find some real stories instead of writing this trivial JH stuff each and every week. oxinkytext
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1:35am Sat 3 Nov 12

Myron Blatz says...

Fancy waiting for five years ..... just to see a Zebra , crossing! Likewise, how can someone 'almost be involved' in an accident - surely one is, or one is not?
Fancy waiting for five years ..... just to see a Zebra , crossing! Likewise, how can someone 'almost be involved' in an accident - surely one is, or one is not? Myron Blatz
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2:27am Sat 3 Nov 12

Carfax Cabby says...

Myron, I was "almost involved" in many accidents today, at every set of traffic lights that were red I almost smashed into the car in front of me, but luckily I have this new fangled thing called brakes on my cab and was able to use them to pull up behind the car in front of me, does that qualify as an answer to your question? At least Wendy resisted the old "accident waiting to happen" chestnut.
Myron, I was "almost involved" in many accidents today, at every set of traffic lights that were red I almost smashed into the car in front of me, but luckily I have this new fangled thing called brakes on my cab and was able to use them to pull up behind the car in front of me, does that qualify as an answer to your question? At least Wendy resisted the old "accident waiting to happen" chestnut. Carfax Cabby
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12:16pm Sun 4 Nov 12

Buntcuster says...

What a pleasant change to see Jenny in the herald yet again. Is there no one else thats newsworthy in this town!!
What a pleasant change to see Jenny in the herald yet again. Is there no one else thats newsworthy in this town!! Buntcuster
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5:51pm Mon 5 Nov 12

flynn77 says...

No one that hasn't got a personal Herald Photographer #1 on speed-dial anyway.
No one that hasn't got a personal Herald Photographer #1 on speed-dial anyway. flynn77
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7:28am Tue 6 Nov 12

pro-wantage says...

It's a shame that things take so long to be done - and it's a shame you still moan when it is !
It's a shame that things take so long to be done - and it's a shame you still moan when it is ! pro-wantage
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1:14pm Sat 10 Nov 12

LEGS10 says...

Judging by where the traffic signs are for the crossing it is going to be further round by the garage. That doesn't make sense to me. Surely it should be where the dropped kerb is to the front of Family Bargains and not where all the cars park.
Judging by where the traffic signs are for the crossing it is going to be further round by the garage. That doesn't make sense to me. Surely it should be where the dropped kerb is to the front of Family Bargains and not where all the cars park. LEGS10
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