Residents back plan to turn road into cul-de-sac

Bicester Advertiser: North Street residents with their petition North Street residents with their petition

RESIDENTS living in a busy Bicester road fully support plans to change it into a cul-de-sac.

People living in North Street have signed a petition backing proposals by Oxfordshire County Council to make major changes to town centre roads.

However, businesses in North Street say closing off the street would cause “gridlock, problems for deliveries and harm trade”.

Earlier this month the council launched a consultation over £1.3m worth of road changes it says will improve traffic flow.

Joe Dickson, 49, of North Street, launched the petition and has collected about 60 signatures.

He said: “Residents are 100 per cent in favour of it and can’t wait for it to happen. This is one of the busy thoroughfares into town, to turn it into a cul-de-sac would mean no more traffic, no more filth, no more buses dropping off at 4am. The price of properties will go up overnight by 15 per cent.”

Phil Whiting, 46, who has lived in North Street for 12 years, fears if heavy vehicles continue to use of the road it could affect the structure of properties.

He said: “The problem is we have seen an increase in traffic over the years.”

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9:28am Thu 2 Aug 12

JanetJ says...

I tried to shop in Bicester this week - the car park by North Street has now closed so headed for the Victoria Road car park - full and road blocked by cars trying to turn round to get to the long stay and the dustbin lorry (not their fault I know) I gave up and went to Tesco. I would like to support local shops but Bicester is just too difficult now.
I tried to shop in Bicester this week - the car park by North Street has now closed so headed for the Victoria Road car park - full and road blocked by cars trying to turn round to get to the long stay and the dustbin lorry (not their fault I know) I gave up and went to Tesco. I would like to support local shops but Bicester is just too difficult now. JanetJ
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11:48am Thu 2 Aug 12

steve1955 says...

Supported this proposal till i read the remark (house prices will rise by 15%)
if thats the case the residents can pay the cost of closing the road signage and road works?
would agree with the above remarks re Bicester town centre make all short term parking free maybe customers will come into town car park charges are another consumer tax no one wants councils can recoup the money lost with business rates although i suspect they are high little wonder people shop out of town think about it Cherwell council
Supported this proposal till i read the remark (house prices will rise by 15%) if thats the case the residents can pay the cost of closing the road signage and road works? would agree with the above remarks re Bicester town centre make all short term parking free maybe customers will come into town car park charges are another consumer tax no one wants councils can recoup the money lost with business rates although i suspect they are high little wonder people shop out of town think about it Cherwell council steve1955
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11:57pm Thu 2 Aug 12

pokey says...

The changes would make no difference at all to trade, none of the businesses on North Street rely on passing trade, its full of Takeaways that aren't open during the day, an undertakers, a solicitors and an estate agents. None of these have people "popping in" off the street.
I don't see how it would lead to grid lock although there would have to be plenty of room for delivery vehicles to turn around at the top end instead of having to drive into Roman Way and upset the residents.
The changes would make no difference at all to trade, none of the businesses on North Street rely on passing trade, its full of Takeaways that aren't open during the day, an undertakers, a solicitors and an estate agents. None of these have people "popping in" off the street. I don't see how it would lead to grid lock although there would have to be plenty of room for delivery vehicles to turn around at the top end instead of having to drive into Roman Way and upset the residents. pokey
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9:41am Sat 4 Aug 12

Nick Mawer says...

Steve1955 did you read JanetJ's post? - she said the carparks were full. How would offering free carparking help this?
Please remember that when the new multi-storey car park is open in the centre of the town there will be many more spaces. Sainsburys will be responsible for the pricing and ticketing mechanism of the new car park.
Steve1955 did you read JanetJ's post? - she said the carparks were full. How would offering free carparking help this? Please remember that when the new multi-storey car park is open in the centre of the town there will be many more spaces. Sainsburys will be responsible for the pricing and ticketing mechanism of the new car park. Nick Mawer
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