South Leigh

Welcome to South Leigh, Oxfordshire...

Let's grow trees for the Parish and the world.

I have had an idea that I would like to share with residents of our Parish.

I'm doing lots of walking these days, training for my charity fund-raising climb of Mount Kilimanjaro in October and have seen lots of places where I think it would be great to have more trees.

We need more trees in and around our Parish. Old photos show trees everywhere and I would like to help reinstate as many as we can for the good of our environment and nature in the Parish. Trees also help a lot with flooding and wild life.

With the help of my Dad (Ken Brooks) and Martin Spurrier, who has done this before, we'll do a Parish survey and write a plan. Then we'll approach land owners and the various Councils and Authorities involved.

In the first instance I plan to find wild, self-seeded baby trees a couple of inches tall that would otherwise be destroyed, eaten by animals or mowed, and to re-plant them with a stake and shelter tube in safe places. I'm told they will look great in five years and will be proper small trees in ten.

The Woodland Trust will normally give trees to communities with a planting plan and I have already got a grant of £200 towards the costs. Families could donate stakes and shelter tubes if they have any spare and, if they pay for them, they could put their name on the tree and even look after it as it grows?

This will not cost a lot of money. It's about £2 or £3 per tree-stake and a shelter tube strong enough to withstand deer and muntjacs, and tall enough not to need changing.

I would love to hear from anyone who would like to help. Kids are most welcome especially when we go searching for the baby trees, then planting and caring for them later.

David Brooks ~

David Brooks

Speeding survey

Many of you may have recently met myself or my husband as we have been conducting a speed survey in South Leigh. The results so far, and an overview of discussions had, can be seen in the three panels below. We have presented this to the Parish Council at their last meeting.

If we missed you when we were doing the rounds of the village, and would like either to comment or help, we would be very grateful if you would
contact me by email.

It’s really important that we understand everyone’s views. Many thanks!
Lysette Nicholls, Chapel Cottage

Spoke with the Department of Infrastructure and the approach for looking at speeding has been explained as follows:

  • Establish that the village supports that there is an issue with speeding in the village (Survey being conducted).
  • Present findings to the Parish Council.
  • If speeding is perceived as an issue, engage in trying to ascertain level of speeding with help from local Police. PC Rob Webb - Neighbourhood Supervisor & Wildlife Crime Officer Chipping Norton Police Office - conducted speed watch in March 2019 and having had further discussions. Will schedule another one in rush hour in the future. (More data is required, sample size small, 41 cars). Also look at police approved speed equipment to monitor as village.
  • Look at environmental impact of speeding ~ does the village have a school and / or a nursery? Where do pedestrians walk? Conservation? Footpaths onto roads? All can be considered.
  • Traffic through the village – if the village is used as a cut-through, what are the volumes of traffic at peak times?
  • Number of recorded accidents can be seen here. (This is the website Thames Valley Police use and which displays locations of collisions recorded by TVP but not necessarily all are recorded - link given by Rob Webb.)
  • Once all data has been assimilated an approach can be put forward to look at how best to resolve speeding through the village if it is considered an issue.

Survey results to date

  • 60 houses contacted and spoken to.
  • 20 houses no answer.
  • 1 house answered but no recorded response.
  • Of the households contacted 52 said YES, there is a speeding issue in the village (= 88%)
  • Total number of villagers captured on survey saying YES = 62
  • Number of villagers prepared to help with speed camera support = 36
  • Suggested ideas by villagers: Anything to calm traffic such as road narrowing or flashing speed signs. High Cogges would like speed limit to be set at 30mph. Better signage. Barnard Gate to South Leigh Road 30mph signage.

Speed Watch ~ Police approved schemes

Many Parish Councils that have purchased speed watch equipment that is no longer suitable to use as the police no longer endorse it so, when looking at using this equipment whether on loan, hire or purchase, we have to ensure that it is police-approved. The Police now recommend the three below:

  • (Police-preferred device quote: "Our Dual Message display is hugely popular with Speed Watch as it runs automatically once set up and there is no need for operators to stand directly at the roadside. Operators can set a speed threshold depending on location which insures only vehicles exceeding the pre-set limit will activate the display. It has a current price of £1687 + VAT and delivery. This kit includes the display, heavy duty power pack & charger, stand and hard carry case for storage and transportation. There is an option to upgrade to a 'smiley face' LED legend which gives a kit price of £1985 + VAT and delivery. All our products come with a full year warranty on parts and labour."
Further quotations have been requested.

Alternative options to reduce cost

  • Rob Webb is seeing if we can loan the police equipment from the police which another village is currently using.
  • Two villages - Stonesfield & Charlbury - currently have the latest equipment that is police-approved and which we may be able to hire from them. Contact being made.

Find and report road or street problems.
Anyone can do this by reporting to OCC by using their 'FixMyStreet' website.
Click either button above to access it.

Find and report road or street problems.
Anyone can do this by reporting to OCC by using their 'FixMyStreet' website.
Click either button above to access it.

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