The Abingdon Blog

The Abingdon Blog is a photo record of events and places in Abingdon, Oxfordshire, started on January 1st 2006.

Saturday, 23 June 2007

Tromp l'oeil windows

As the Old Gaol and surrounding buildings await a developer to be chosen by the district council, the area remains vacant. The boards on the Old Police Station windows have been painted to make tromp l'oeil windows.

Friday, 22 June 2007

Tesco mobile tromp l'oeil

I'll have to go now... I 'm just going to have to complain... No I didn't read the small print when I bought the mobile!... Thats not the point!... I definitely didn't give them permission to build a trolley park in my garden.

Thursday, 21 June 2007

AbITs Public Meeting

Last night there was a public meeting at the Guildhall to listen to, and ask questions of the Councillor in charge of Oxfordshire's roads - and his advisers. The first phase of the new town centre traffic system (AbITS) was put in last year and people at the meeting, although polite, had very strong opinions. It has not worked as people were told it would during the public consultation, three years ago, when 64% of people were in favour of the scheme.

There was still a lot of animated discussion on the way out.

There were many points made during the meeting but to summarise for people who didn't go and who are interested: town centre businesses were suffering loss of trade, some journeys were taking much longer (coming home from Culham...), some turnings were difficult (out of West St Helen Street, right from the brewery, from New Street). In response the County Councillor said that, local councils (Vale and Town), and the chamber of commerce, and local people had agreed to the scheme. It was also said that more changes were to be discussed next week at the AbITs steering group: to get the SCOOT system working better (move Bridge Street lights nearer town), to put in better signage to get more people using the peripheral road and Stratton Way southbound, to introduce a straight-on filter at the Stratton Way / Ock Street junction, to discuss the details of changes to Stert Street, etc. etc. This meeting is on 28th June at 2 PM in the Guildhall.

Wednesday, 20 June 2007

Grey Poplars

There are a number of large grey poplars, and willows, alongside the pitch and put course bordering the River Thames.

Tuesday, 19 June 2007

Abbey House and Gardens

Its that time of year again. Time to put out the bedding plants and put on a bit of a show.

Both views look towards Abbey House: the administrative centre of the Vale of the White Horse District Council.

Monday, 18 June 2007

Save Our Local Traffic Wardens

The resident parking wardens help ensure that there are parking spaces for residents in the town centre. In Goffs, the newsagents, there is a 'Save our Local Traffic Wardens' petition. Change seems inevitable to the current system, but we do not want to loose our local wardens. It would be hard to better their community spirit.

Sunday, 17 June 2007

Mayor's Civic Service

Here the Mayor of Abingdon, and councillors, are returning from the annual civic service at St Helens Church.