Before the formal part of the meeting, Cllr. Hudspeth, County Council Cabinet member for Transport Implementation spoke to the meeting about the traffic situation in Abingdon. He said that the County Council had commissioned a report on the working of the traffic lights system called SCOOT which should control the flow of traffic through the centre of the town.
Cllr. Peter Biggs was elected for his seventeenth year as Chairman of the Parish Council. Cllr. Colin Charlett was elected as Vice-Chairman. The Statement of Accounts and the summary income and expenditure financial statement were also considered and approved. The documents will be available for inspection by appointment from 7th July to 1st August 2008 from 10am to 2pm at 102 Kennington Road.
The Clerk had a meeting with Chris Softley, Highways Engineer, to discuss the problem of water getting onto the road and into a neighbour’s garden in Sandford Lane. The Clerk also raised the problems of the potholes mainly in Kennington Road, Poplar Grove and The Avenue. Chris did a survey the same day and within a week the worst holes had been repaired which was welcomed by the members of the Parish Council.
The Clerk had received a telephone message on 17th April in response to her letter to the Royal Mail asking for the Post Box in The Avenue between St Swithun’s Road and Simpson Way to be painted. They confirmed an order had been issued and it should be done within six weeks.
It was agreed at the meeting that two new replacement shelters would be installed at the Upper Road side of Kennington Road and St. Swithun’s School side of The Avenue as soon as possible. There had been feedback that people have welcomed the seat in the new shelters which had made a big difference to the comfort of waiting for a bus.
A request for an additional dog waste bin in Bagley Wood Road was agreed. Dog owners were asked to remember to dispose of dog faeces collected in plastics bags in the correct bins. The litter blitz teams found that there were some disgusting bags with rotting contents found in the hedgerows and verges of the village. If you cannot dispose of it in a dog waste bin, it is better to let it decompose naturally, than bag it up for someone else to have to find it.