Limit The Rise In HGV Traffic Through Our Community

There is a 7.5t weight limit through Burford that is diverting HGVs through Enstone and other towns and villages across the region causing increased air pollution, increased risk of accidents, extra wear & tear on roads and extra costs for businesses and farmers.

This affects you. Your action now can help to reduce the problem. The Burford weight limit is an 18-month trial. (August 2020 to February 2022). The decision on whether to make it permanent will be taken soon.

Please write before the end of October to register your objection. The address to write to is:

  • Councillor Duncan Enright,
  • Cabinet Member for Travel and Development Strategy,
  • 85 Newland,
  • Witney,
  • Oxon, OX28 3JW.

Or email to: duncan.enright@oxfordshire.gov.uk.

Every letter is important – numbers really matter

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Parish Repairs & Improvements

THE PLANKS – Oxfordshire County Council has confirmed that works will begin on 31st August, for ten days, subject to weather conditions.

LIDSTONE – The Parish Council has paid for improved signage to the entrance of Lidstone from the A44.

WIG WAG SIGNS – The Parish Council has agreed to fund the upgrade of the Wig Wag signs outside Enstone School – these will be manned automatically and have a “20” flashing sign.

VILLAGE SIGNS and SPEED FLASHING SIGNS – These will be installed along the A44 during August.

20 MPH SIGNS OXFORDSHIRE – Oxfordshire County Council will be introducing 20 mph speed limits for all Town and Parish Councils during the year.

Warner Leisure Refurbishment of Heythrop Park

Enstone Parish Council met with Overbury (chosen contractor), Lichfields and Warner Leisure to discuss the traffic plan for contractors vehicles during the refurbishment. This is anticipated to start in September/October and be finished mid 2022. The Hotel will be closed during this period so there will little customer traffic.

Overbury estimate that during phase 1 there would be between 20 – 80 delivery vehicles a day. During the main phase of construction large deliveries of materials are not anticipated due to storage and material management and this will reflect on small vehicle choice. To minimise vehicle movements the following will be implemented:

  • Encourage car sharing.
  • Encourage delivery companies to be members of FORS (operators achieving best practice in safety, efficiency and environmental protection).
  • Operate on on-line booking system to minimise on site congestion. 

The area around The Drive entrance to Heythrop Park has been assessed as the main traffic route by Overbury and the Parish Council has agreed to the proposed traffic plan for deliveries:

Delivery to The Drive entrance from A44:

  • From Chipping Norton – along B4030 (Bicester Road).
  • From Oxford – along The Drive.

Delivery from The Drive entrance to A44:

  • Along The Drive to the Art Yard Cafe.

The Parish Council will be monitoring the impact on roads throughout this period and will appoint a councillor to act as liaison for the duration. Progress will be reported through the Ensign, Parish website and Facebook page.

A44-Closure / No-Waiting Notice – April

Temporary Traffic Regulation Notice – S14 Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984

Temporary Road Closure and “No Waiting” restriction at Enstone, A44 Oxford Road

In the interests of public safety, it will be necessary for Oxfordshire County Council to close the road and impose a ‘No Waiting’ restriction as detailed above to facilitate carriageway surface dressing works.

A temporary Notice is being made to implement the temporary closure and will operate from 26 April 2021.

The anticipated completion date is 28 April 2021, times of the closure are 05:00 to 07:30, 09:30 to 15:30 and 18:00 to 20:00

A Temporary Traffic Regulation Notice is being made to implement the temporary closure and restriction and will operate on the days shown above.

Please note that Notices for urgent works can last up to 5 consecutive days only.

Access will be maintained for emergency service vehicles and for those frontages within the closure area, subject to the progress of the works and liaison with the works supervisor.

For a copy of the drawing showing the extent of the closure and restriction and also the alternative route for traffic click here – Road No-Waiting Notice, Enstone, A44.

Renault F1 – Fatal Four – Road Safety Week Initiative

THE-FATAL-FOUR  (Click for full pdf)

Renault F1 are taking part in the National BRAKE Road Safety Week (16 to 22 November 2020). During this week we are raising awareness of Road Safety and THE FATAL FOUR.

According to the World Health Organisation, injuries from road traffic accidents are the leading cause of death among people aged between 15 and 29 years.

What is The Fatal Four? The Fatal Four are the four biggest dangers whilst driving.

  1. Inappropriate Speed. Even the difference of a few miles per hour can mean the difference between life and death. The speed limit is not a target, you should drive at a speed that suits the conditions and the type of road. 
  2. Using a mobile phone. It can take just a moment’s distraction by a call or text to cause a crash. You can get 6 points added to your licence and a £200 fine if you use a hand-held phone when driving. You’ll also lose your licence if you passed your driving test in the last 2 years. The law still applies to you if you’re stopped at traffic lights or queuing in traffic.  You can even be prosecuted for using a hands-free device if you’re not in proper control of your car.
  1. Not wearing a seatbelt. You’re twice as likely to die in a crash, if you don’t wear a seatbelt. You can be fined up to £500. It’s so easy to avoid this danger – don’t forget to put on your seatbelt before you take off. Wearing your seatbelt correctly can help save lives.
  1. Drink/drug driving. When you drink, it takes longer for your brain to receive messages from your eye, and processing information becomes more difficult. This can impact your driving. It’s better to be safe than sorry, so you should avoid drinking and drugs entirely if you know you have to drive.

Renault F1 are working with the local Parish Councils, Thames Valley Police Road Safety Unit, the Fire Service and our sponsors to educate and promote safer drivers here at Enstone.  Thames Valley police have been delivering a Fatal Four training session onsite for staff. A minority of staff have already attended this, and we aim to have all Renault F1 staff attend the training by the end of 2021.

What all Renault F1 staff need to do?  

1)  You need to follow the highway code at all times. 

2)  Don’t allow yourself to be a victim of the Fatal Four.

3)  Respect the local villages around Renault F1.

4)  Remember you are representing Renault F1 when driving to and from work in work kit.