Pothole Money

March 26, 2014

Pothole Money
Many of the potholes along the access road / footpath to St Helen’s Mill have been decorated with green paint – an indication that they are about to be resurfaced.
Pothole Money
Signs have also sprung up along Preston Road saying that it will closed for 4 days approx in mid April for resurfacing. I gather that the works won’t be during the rush hour, but during the day.

These repairs may have been already planned, or it could be that Abingdon is benefitting from some of the £4.7m (reported in this morning’s Abingdon Herald) that Oxfordshire County Council have received, unexpectedly from central government, to repair potholes.

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  • 1. Colin  |  March 27, 2014 at 8:12 am

    Also resurfacing Kennington from 1st April. 2 weeks, Oxford Bus are running the 35 service along alternative routes. Week 1 St Swithins Road, so temporary bus stops in place, and I suspect temporary traffic lights. Week 2 Bus diverted Hinksey Hill, side roads to return to the normal route at far end of Kennington. Not clear if the whole road will be closed week2, for resurfacing, or they will close 1 side, setup temp traffic lights.

  • 2. Steveo  |  March 27, 2014 at 9:16 am

    Any danger they will put in a sensible solution to the chicanes on Preston Road?

  • 3. Janet  |  March 27, 2014 at 9:45 am

    The road repairs are very welcome. The surface of Preston road is dreadful. I am one of the residents who are committed to bringing South Abingdon up to a good standard. Incidentally Abingdon Horticultural Society is having it’s Spring flower show on Saturday 5th April. Have you any plants or veg in the garden that you are proud of? Become a member and enter it into the show. Entries for the show have to be in by 2nd April. I am entering a cake.

  • 4. Judith Hewitt  |  March 27, 2014 at 11:25 am

    The road will be closed between Preston Road’s junction with the Drayton Road and Kensington Close. The closure will be from 9.30am to 7.30pm.

  • 5. BykerRode  |  March 27, 2014 at 12:09 pm

    The resurfacing of Preston Road has been on the County Councils list of works since last summer thanks to work by
    local councillors.

    The Mayor of Abingdon has just tweeted that Councillor Nimmo Smith has turned down the proposal to move the crossings on OckStreet/Marcham Road !
    Good to see that common sense can still prevail.

  • 6. daniel  |  March 27, 2014 at 12:50 pm

    Byker – This sounds great – so, let me get this straight…the crossings are NOT moving, so does this mean that there will be NO new crossings…so this means there will be no traffic mitigation measures, which means the development on Drayton Rd …will…or won’t happen…?

  • 7. SuzieH  |  March 27, 2014 at 7:10 pm

    I noticed today that the potholes along Park Road are also highlighted with green paint….

  • 8. Neil Fawcett  |  March 28, 2014 at 1:48 pm

    Just to clarify on the resurfacing – the first road I took County officers to see after my election last year was Preston Road. They confirmed that the stretch concerned was on their list to be done at some point and it was later confirmed for this financial year.

    Unfortunately, while there is a budget for resurfacing, they would not stretch to reviewing the chicanes.

    I gave quite a long list to the officers at that point and some of the worst ones got done, and I then funded some others out of my councillor pot. I’ve then put in further lists and I know other residents have reported a lot too.

    In reality the County budget is not nearly enough to do more than the worst ones, but it is worth reporting them as that at least gets them onto the list.

  • 9. Oxonchris  |  March 28, 2014 at 2:38 pm

    Daniel – don’t be so nieve to think that because the crossings have been rejected (madness in my view) that the proposed houses will not go ahead. The problem with Abingdon is the transport infrastructure is so messed up that regardless of what ever scheme is put in there will always be an impact that someone will object about and we will continue to flounder about. If the elected officials stopped trying to score points of each other and blaming each other for this and that and actually worked for the common good of the people they represent then we may get some where. The additional problem is in the current finacial climate there is no public money to do anything and we have to rely on private finance (i.e. the crossings would have been paid for by the developer).

  • 10. daniel  |  March 28, 2014 at 4:56 pm

    Oxonchris – please don’t worry, I don’t, for one second think that the development is dead in the water – far from it! At most a mere delay…

    I agree totally that it is the political point scoring that has hindered the town – and that is in the few short years I have been here. Everytime an opportunity is missed, a situation neglected, a problem contiues – I view it as simply a case that the teams charged with our towns welbeing have let us down -whoever they might be.

    I also agree about the public finances and problem resolution…personally…I’m not against development; I’m against bad development. This (drayton rd) situation isn’t development. Development looks to the future – the next 20, 40 or 100 years. And of course how it fits in with wider ‘development’ etc…. This is purely ‘building’ and building for profit. Again- i take no issue with such things…but lets not have them dress it up with vogue words like ‘development’, and ’sustainable’.

    One of the biggest issues that I DO take issue with, with this’development’ is that it uses land that had, ao I understand, been in someway earmarked -whether a pipedream, an aspiration, or…dare I suggest…a goal; to build the much needed second river crossing (as was supposed to he built as part of AbITS to work…but that none joined up thinking you refer to got in the way).

    This development will almost certainly bang that door shut….and how that effects Abingdon will be an issue. But how an unsorted Abingdon effects the wider Scienfe Vale aspirations should he a matter Nicola B should be cpncerned about.

    Ok…so Hallams are too big for us to take on…but are they so big as to scupper Government plans for the whole of the South East (by preventing Abingdons traffic get sorted and the river crossing the whole area needs)!?

  • 11. Boris Oris  |  March 28, 2014 at 7:24 pm

    Good point Well made Daniel. We will see what the the replan brings,

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