Comments made by visitors to the Parish Appraisal exhibition
held at the school on 6-7th March
that we have completed our parish appraisal the Parish Council
considering ways in which some of the important
issues you highlighted could be turned into an action plan. We will
endeavour to see whether an Youth Club/café and Neighbourhood
Watch cannot be restarted in the parish. We had 66 written comments
left by the 250 or so visitors to the appraisal exhibition. I thought
it might interest you all to get a flavour of what people are thinking
about now. These comments won’t supplant the original survey
but they do help to re-emphasise some of the issues you raised in
2001. I have attempted to divide them into the groups related to
the most important topics.
- Speed cameras please,
or police to enforce speed limits.
- Speed control on
Crowmarsh Hill. Roundabout at the end of Benson Lane for SODC
- Repair of footpaths
around Thames Mead estate. + Safe crossing across The Street
but not opposite the church because
cutting down parking spaces i.e. bus stop at end of Thames
Mead. + Lights
at mini roundabout (very unsafe). + Sustrans cycle way
is a dangerous joke, especially over the bridge.
- 30 mph
camera signs on The Street. + Extend children’s
playground area in Crowmarsh. Plenty of room for it.
racks in Crowmarsh/Wallingford so I can cycle to work.
Stoke speed restrictions are rarely observed. I walk up the
road (and back) daily – drivers ignore 30 mph limits.
- 30 mph warning signs
along The Street.
PLEASE put in a radar speed warning sign on the
A4074 as you approach Cox’s Lane and the
- A4074 from
Crowmarsh Gifford roundabout to Cox’s Lane – traffic
noise and speed. Please put a speed camera
- A4074 too
busy – difficult turning out of Cox’s
Lane in mornings and turning right to School.
- Speed cameras, traffic
lights or footbridge.
- We could do with
a crossing somewhere along The Street. When you cross the road
Benson Lane to The
Queens Head you cannot see what is coming until you
are in the road. Traffic goes too fast through
- Hopefully some notice
will be taken of the views expressed, by Parish Council,
and OCC and
the work put into
is rewarded by action. Perhaps the
OCC and SODC will take steps to remedy the
seem to have
done in other
- In 8 years
of living here I have lost 2 cats to road traffic accidents.
we cannot ‘control’ cats
I do believe we can deter cars
in many ways to travel more slowly.
drove through a village where every
50 yards there was a sign requesting
one to be aware of speed, interspersed
with pics of animals and children,
finally finishing with a striking
pic of children with
animals saying Thank You! It had
the desired effect – I was
aware of my speed and later felt
gratified with the final pic together
with the thanks! And just like
Crowmarsh Gifford it was one main
this can be done? I’d
be willing to help in any way.
PS Cholsey has several signs as
- The main need, although
difficult to achieve, is safer ways for cyclists.
- The village
needs a pedestrian crossing near to the shop.
- Speed control
on The Street between the main road and the Benson
- Get 30 mph radar
speed warning signs at the entrances to
the village at
and the bridge
- Could we
have the electronic “smiley faces” speed
reminders on The Street
before the mini roundabout opposite The Queens Head.
- A zebra
crossing by the shop / PO.
- Skateboard park NOT
near local housing. Children love it – but it is very
wearing on the nerves for adults!
- Create a play area
for the children in/around Park View.
courts – annual charge per family, say £10.
make more entertainment for young people such as youth
clubs etc. More play areas for our children at Park View
pools open and improve facilities.
- I would like better
netball post in the recreation grounds.
- Find an area for
a skate board ramp (right hand corner of car park, adjacent
end of Wilders, far away from river).
- Tennis courts equipment
- Some winter use
of Riverside Park - current observations suggest a skate board
area is needed somewhere!
- Please could we
expand the play area to include things more suitable
for babies / toddlers – especially
swings and perhaps a smaller slide.
/Youth Club for young people would seem
to be very important and with the interest
generated by survey
and exhibition, a possibility
Jewsons – into
site currently the subject of planning applications for housing.
+ Double yellow lines in
south bus shelter on The Street to allow buses to park nearby
the pavement. +More footpaths in adjacent country with all-weather
surfaces for winter walking.
- Jewsons to tidy
- Jewson’s to
move to Wilder’s
Yard site (easier access), allowing space for extra housing.
+ Ensure that all
has space for at least 2 cars.
move to Wilders Yard site? And free up Jewson’s
site for housing?? + 2 ticks.
- Jewsons – not
good neighbours. From 5.30 am – 5.00
pm noise and confusion to traffic and pedestrians alike.
should remove to Hithercroft and site used for housing.+ ‘ Yes!’
working at SODC offices I have found it would be very useful
to have a street lamp in the lane which runs from
Benson Lane (near bus stop) up to the recreation ground.
on number of caravans being stored on allotment land. An
upper limit was agreed. The “Toilet Block” in enormous!
+ Investigate why we get hundreds of flies in
our houses in the summer. + Cars parked on the pavement in
room for pedestrians. + Prevent any development
in the meadows along the river.
- Resurface the road
in Park View please.
- Any chance of making
the path on The Street wider between the roundabout and the
- More attention needs
to be made regarding the parking in the road around Newnham
Green at school times. Children
have been seen running out in front of badly parked cars; we are concerned
about the safety
of these children when other drivers do
not see them until they are up close.
- Tidy Wilders
Yard – relocate to Hithercroft. + Ask farmer
not to spray his fields – especially