HIF1 New Relief Road and the Appleford Flyover
The Parish Council (APC) is concerned that Oxfordshire County Council (OCC) officials and political leadership are not listening to the valid concerns of residents regarding the New Relief Road and Flyover Bridge so close to the village.
In Oct 2020 the Parish Council conducted a Village Survey to ascertain residents views on OCC’s proposals for the new Relief Road and Thames crossing including the Flyover. It established their opinions on a range of issues concerning the proposed development and this informed the Parish Council as to the village’s position and desired response. In effect it established the voice of the village!
Appleford does not oppose the road, but it does object to a Flyover 30 ft high with trailing embankments close to and overlooking the village.
VILLAGE SURVEY FINDINGS
Residents of Appleford have consistently expressed their concerns (verbally and in writing) at the Public Consultations in 2018 and 2020. Following the OCC Cabinet decision in July 2020 to build the road between Appleford and Sutton Courtenay, the Parish Council has attended numerous meetings on 24 Sept 20, 20 Nov 20, 7 Jan 21, 21 Jan 21, 14 Apr 21 (site walk through) and 1 July 21. That’s six meetings in the last 12 months
On 7 Jan 2021, APC presented a Position Paper to OCC setting out our concerns and alternative alignments. This was rejected by OCC in their response two months later. Appleford does not accept the arguments put forward by OCC rejecting the Position Paper which took the form of a rebuttal rather than consultation. The Parish Council has presented architectural models and diagrams to support its case. APC contends that the Compromise Route is feasible and the best solution. It argues for access to the new Relief Round at the roundabout and not at a T junction.
APC addressed OCC Council on 9 Feb 21 and raised questions at the following Council meeting on 23 Mar 21. On 14 Sept 21 our Chairman delivered a Petition address to OCC Council and presented the Appleford Petition Report and findings to the Chairman.
OCC have been slow to provide underlying information and reports requested earlier this year. The little information provided to date has been high level summary information with no underlying data and carries the caveat that it is draft. Of particular concern is the cost estimate provided for the Compromise alignment. The figures provided are broad estimates with little detailed back up or substance. Cost estimates contain an extraordinarily high contingency reserve of almost two thirds of the total cost. These costs are simply not credible.
POSITION PAPER LINKS
ADDRESS TO OCC COUNCIL LINK
Both FCC Environment (landfill) and Hanson Aggregates (gravel stock yard) have confirmed the Compromise Route will not impact their commercial site operations.
Appleford is grateful to its neighbouring Parish Councils, namely Sutton Courtenay, Culham and Long Wittenham who have all provided letters of support in favour of the Compromise Route.