Agenda and minutes

Venue: Gallery Room, The Corn Exchange, Witney. View directions

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Apologies for Absence

To receive and consider apologies for absence.


Apologies for absence were received from Cllr Duncan Enright, Cllr Ted Fenton, Cllr Thomas Ashby, Trevor Baylis from Stagecoach and Kevin Hickman from Windrush Bike Project.


Public Participation

Members of the public are welcome to attend the meeting.  Any member of the public who so wishes may speak, at this point in the meeting, for a maximum of five minutes on any matter relating to an item on the agenda.


A resident from Corn Street asked about implications for local residents following changes to parking enforcement in Witney and West Oxfordshire.


The Oxfordshire County Council Parking Manager was present at the meeting and addressed the Committee. Members were advised that the County Council were meeting with the District Council, residents, councillors and other stakeholders, initially to maintain the status quo, while also considering areas to be reviewed, and over time to develop strategy to address problem areas and highlight hotspots. The Parking Manager expressed the importance of a consistent approach across the town and advised that Oxfordshire County Council were being requested to provide more enforcement in problem areas like Corn Street. A team from County Council would be doing site visits to scope problem areas that have been raised so far.


A discussion followed, Members had the opportunity to raise questions about resident parking permit schemes. There was currently no funding available for such a scheme and additional enforcement would be needed for any such scheme to be successful.




That, the Oxfordshire County Council Parking Manager would forward more information to Witney Town Council about the parking enforcement changes, that could be shared to Witney residents.


Natalie Moore arrived at 2:38pm

Andrew Lyons left at 2:55pm

James Whiting left at 2:58pm



To adopt and sign as a correct record the minutes of the meeting held on 10 January 2023 (copy enclosed) pdf icon PDF 523 KB




That, the minutes of the Witney Traffic Advisory Committee meeting held on 10 January 2023 be approved and signed by the chair.


Matters arising from the Minutes not covered in the Action Plan or subsequent items


There were no matters arising from the minutes of 10 January 2023.


Traffic Schemes Area Operations - Oxfordshire County Council pdf icon PDF 333 KB

To receive and consider the report of the Traffic Schemes Area Operations (North).


The Committee received and considered the report from the Oxfordshire County Council Area Infrastructure Locality Team concerning updates on several projects underway in Witney. Specific updates included:


Windrush Bike Project Barriers Report – Work on the Barriers Report was currently on hold; a Countywide approach was being developed and would supersede the former plan. Members of this Committee could continue to report specific issues to Natalie Moore, these issues would then be forwarded to the team.


Windrush Place S106 West Witney Active Travel Schemes – Multiple schemes were submitted and the overall cost of these was higher than the funds available. Discussions were ongoing with the developers to find further funding, or to explore the possibility of the developers carrying out some of the works.


Witney Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan – Consultation has been completed and it was expected to be adopted by Oxfordshire County Council at a meeting on 23rd March. Following adoption, work would take place to secure funding for some of the schemes.


A40/B4022 Shores Green, Access to Witney – Compulsory land purchase works were taking place, further discussions were expected at a Cabinet meeting in May. Planned completion for this project was Summer 2026.


High Street and Market Square Active Travel 3 – There was lots happening in the background, including feasibility studies. Consultations were being planned for this summer, including workshops, in-person events and online opportunities.


High Street and Market Square, Short Term Measures – The Oxfordshire County Council  Officer asked Members to consider two options for temporary physical changes to the layout of the current road restrictions on High Street and Market Square. Members expressed concerns that any interim or temporary scheme would be deemed a waste of money, and could further exacerbate the frustration being felt by residents and businesses and potentially further delay the start to the final scheme. Members were advised that separate funding is available for the temporary measures, any costs will not be deducted from the budget for the final scheme. Enforcement was discussed, there was a lack of confidence in any schemes without some level of enforcement. Thames Valley Police would expect enforcement to be technology based and funded by County Council.


There was mixed opinion for the schemes on offer, a vote was taken which resulted in ‘Option One’ being favoured. The scheme included the removal of traffic islands and a change in priority, for which a TRO is required. The expected timescale for the interim scheme was 3-5 months, implementation by Autumn 2023.


David Gambier left the meeting at 3:55pm




1. That, the report be noted and,


2. That Option One be the preferred option for interim changes to High Street and Market Square.


Traffic & Road Safety - Oxfordshire County Council pdf icon PDF 204 KB

To receive and consider the report from the Traffic & Road Safety Team.


The Committee received and considered the Traffic & Road Safety Report from the County Council Area Operations Officer. Following the report, Members were invited to raise any comments.




That, the report be noted.


Parking Enforcement Changes across West Oxfordshire

To receive a verbal report from Oxfordshire County Council outlining their approach to parking enforcement from 1April 2023.


The Oxfordshire County Council Parking Manager had provided an update under Public Participation; there was nothing further to add.


Community Speedwatch pdf icon PDF 486 KB

To receive the update report from the Deputy Town Clerk of Witney Town Council and consider how Community Speedwatch can be extended in Witney.

Additional documents:


The Committee received a Community Speedwatch update from the Deputy Town Clerk.


Previous attempts for a scheme had failed, due to a lack of volunteers and no point of administration.


Members discussed the appetite for launching Community Speedwatch in Witney. Despite the new speed restrictions there were still areas of concern, and the Committee were broadly in favour of a scheme in Witney.


Ideas were put forward for potential volunteer recruitment. A member informed the Committee that there was a lack of school crossing patrol staff in Witney – schools could be approached to invite parent volunteers. Other suggestions included writing to Witney Land Army as a volunteer source.




1. That, Community Speed Watch for Witney would be initiated by this Committee, with administration support from Witney Town Council, and


2. That, Community Speed Watch would be added as an agenda item for further discussion at the June meeting of Witney Traffic Advisory Committee, and


3. That, Witney Town Council would write to Witney Land Army about potential volunteers.



Madley Park Bus Stops

To receive a verbal update from the Deputy Town Clerk, following the review of Witney Town Council bus stops that serve Madley Park after the last meeting of this Committee.


Following a complaint from a member of the public about the Madley Park bus stop being in poor condition at the last meeting, the Deputy Town Clerk updated the committee as Witney Town Council had assessed the condition and considered the items that were raised.


The bus stop was reported as being dirty, muddy underfoot and with overgrown vegetation. The bus stop had been put on a more regular cleaning routine and the vegetation would be cut back. There was a wider issue where the road joins the pavement, a puddle was regularly forming due to the unevenness of the surface, this would be reported to Oxfordshire County Council.




That, the resident will be updated by their Councillor.


Public Transport Update

To receive an update from members present on latest changes to public transport, if appropriate.


Members were advised that residents were concerned about the forthcoming closure of the Botley Road in Oxford and the implications of this on bus routes by the Public transport Representative. There was a lack of information from the rail company and bus companies at this point. There were however alternative services which would be available.


Members were updated that the government funded £2 capped bus fare scheme had been extended until the end of June.




That, the verbal update be noted.


School Road Safety

To receive information from the Oxfordshire Fire & Rescue Road Safety Officer on road/pedestrian education in schools.

Additional documents:


The Committee received road safety information which was provided to schools in Witney and Oxfordshire form the Fire & Rescue Services Road Safety Officer.




That, the response be noted.


Bridge Street Area Appraisal

Add at the request of the Chair.

To discuss the awaited Bridge Street Area Appraisal Report and consider any comments to be submitted to Oxfordshire County Council as part of its engagement process. The report was noted in point 5. Of the Traffic Area Schemes Operations report of this Committee at its meeting on 10 January 2023.


Members were advised further updates from Oxfordshire County Council were not available at this time as it was dependent on the West Oxfordshire Local Plan and future housing.


There were a range of options available which would be picked up with local stakeholders; it had been left out of the Local Cycling & Walking Infrastructure Plan until clarification was received.




That, Oxfordshire County Council clarify the current position at the next meeting of this Committee.


New Pedestrian Crossing on West End

To discuss a verbal request from Cllr. M Brooker for a new pedestrian crossing on West End, at the bottom of Narrow Hill.


Councillor M Brooker had requested that a pedestrian crossing be considered for West End, to be positioned near to ‘The Cake Bakerie’, 14 West End. After discussion by Members, it was agreed that this would offer enhanced safety for pedestrians, particularly for school children using this route to Wood Green.




That, the OCC Officer present at the meeting will make a request to the County Council and it may be added to the LCWIP.


Traffic lights at Welch Way/Woodford Way

To receive verbal representation from Cllr M Brooker on this issue.


Councillor M Brooker addressed the committee with his observations of the ineffectiveness of the traffic lights at Welch Way/Woodford Way. Rather than helping with the traffic, the lights caused traffic issues. Cllr Brooker provided first hand accounts of the issues caused by the traffic lights and the driver difficulties that he had witnessed. After a brief discussion it was agreed that a request be made for Oxfordshire County Council to review the efficiency of the lights and whether there might be a case for them to removed.




That, the OCC Officer present at the meeting would request a review of the traffic lights in this location.


Items Raised at the Meeting

To receive and consider any pressing matters from members which may be added to the next meeting agenda for consideration.


The Committee were updated about a new electric car sharing scheme that was being launched from Woodford Way Car Park and a signalised crossing on Burford Road which would be made live on 4th April.


Date of the Next meeting(s)

To note the dates of the meetings for the 2023/24 municipal year. These being 6 June & 26 September 2023 and 16 January & 26 March 2024.


Members were advised that due to holiday commitments, the scheduled meeting of 6th June would need to be re-arranged.




That, the revised date for the next meeting of this Committee would be notified by email.