Cogges Link Road inquiry: day 16

November 12th, 2011 by Kate Griffin Leave a reply »

This took place on Friday 11th November and began with the submission of more documents from Oxfordshire County Council.  The inquiry adjourned at 11am to allow people to observe the two-minute silence.

The case for the Mawle Trust continued with evidence from Isan McNeill, traffic and transportation witness for the Mawle Trust. Mr McNeill commented that Shores Green is better value for money. He also said that county council traffic models do not appear to promote any kind of shift in transport modes from the car to cycling or walking.

Mr McNeill was then cross-examined by David Holgate QC, lawyer for the county council. Mr McNeill stated that the county council traffic model overestimates predicted traffic flows. Mr McNeill believes that parking restriction should be in place no matter which scheme is chosen. Mr Holgate said that parking was an issue for West Oxfordshire District Council rather than the county council, and that it would take up to two years to implement at a cost of around £250K.

After lunch, the planning inspector requested clarification of Mr McNeill’s methods. During his research MrMcNeill had adjusted the county’s proposed “cordon” boundaries to include the proposed Witan Way/CLR roundabout. There was also some discussion about what is required to classify something as a road as opposed to a street.

Mark Lowe QC, lawyer for the Mawle Trust, then re-examined Mr McNeill. They discussed the Staple Hall junction. The county council would like to see traffic lights there but the district council disagrees. Mr McNeill is concerned that there will be no management of traffic behaviour at this junction before the CLR is built, meaning that people form travel habits to the detriment of the town.

The inquiry will return on Wednesday 30th November at the Methodist Church in Witney. Closing submissions will be received on this day and it may be the final day of the inquiry.

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