Traffic and parking

TAPAG relaunched as TAPWG, May 2021

(Whitchurch Web news item of 13th May 2021)

Farewell TAPAG, welcome TAPWG. The group of residents that advises the Parish Council has a new membership and a new name, Traffic and Parking Working Group. The members are Diana Smith (Chair), David Baty, Marc Cresswell, Linda Gray, Kit Marriott, Frances Parkes and Mike Rayment. Together they will be taking a fresh look at what is needed to solve the village’s traffic and parking difficulties in the High Street and the other village roads.

Parish council chairman Jim Donahue says: “The Parish Council has gone through a process over the past few months to refocus a revitalised TAPWG with a clearer set of objectives that are defined in its updated Terms of Reference. It has also recruited five additional members that will ensure the team is representative of different parts of the High Street and other parts of the village. Well done to councillors Smith and Leadbeater-Hart for driving this process!”

Diana Smith says there will be a survey to find out more about the current parking needs of the community. She also says that progress is now being made by SODC on the transfer of enforcement powers that is a pre-requisite for any scheme of residents’ parking.

Latest minutes of TAPWG meeting.

Earlier developments

An update on the plans for improving road safety in the High Street can be found in a Henley Standard report of 15th February 2021. This mentions bollard trials in the lower narrows, a possible pedestrian crossing at the Greyhound, and a 20mph limit. The report covers the same areas of discussion detailed in minutes of Parish Council meetings.
https://www.henleystandard.co.uk/news/whitchurch/159284/pedestrian-crossing-and-bollards-to-improve-safety.html

An Extraordinary Meeting of the Parish Council was held on 1st October 2020 to discuss traffic and parking and the future of TAPAG. The minutes are available.

A second informal consultation was held on-line on Thursday 3rd September 2020. The minutes are available.

TAPAG released three briefing documents prior to the meeting.  They can be consulted here:

Another document released is entitled The effect of Pollution on Respiratory Health and Spread of Covid 19


Background

The Traffic and Parking Action Group (TAPAG), known earlier as the Traffic and Pavements Advisory Group which was set up in 2010, was re-foccued in 2019 to advise the Parish Council on ways to solve the problems of traffic congestion and parking. Its Terms of Reference were adopted in September 2019 and updated in April 2021, when the name of the group was changed to the Traffic and Parking Working Group. The members of the group are listed on the Points of Contact page. It is an advisory working group rather than a parish council committee and therefore its meetings are not open to the public, nor its minutes circulated beyond the Parish Council.

In recent years the connected problems of traffic congestion in the High Street and unregulated parking have become of increasing concern. The issue was listed as the No 1 priority for residents consulted in the 2019 Village Plan: "1. Manage parking better to improve traffic flow, without making parking more difficult for residents (yellow lines, parking bays, residents parking)".

Following a traffic study and discussions with OCC Highways an outline plan was produced by TAPAG. The options were then assessed by MODE Consultants. An Open Day was held in the Village Hall in 2019, to present the proposals to residents. The display boards included plans showing the locations of double yellow lines and parking bays. Residents were invited to approve or comment. Subsequently a number of objectors met and submitted further comments. The level of opposition resulted in the proposals not being adopted by the Parish Council.