As promised the new 30 mph sign at the entrance to the village on the Stoke Lyne Road has been installed and is operational. This new solar powered sign warns on-coming traffic that they are entering a 30 mph area and flashes SLOW DOWN & 30 MPH at any vehicle exceeding 33mph.
It has been located 70 meters inside the 30 mph zone which was the distance stipulated by Oxford County Council and having tested it out, it activates from about 10- 20m before a vehicle reaches the first static sign, depending on the size of the vehicle.
The benefits of this particular sign is that it is solar powered with a back-up battery and does not require the battery to be switched over once a month as with the unit on the Bicester Road. It can also be swivelled around to face in the opposite direction, to target speeding vehicles coming around the bend from the centre of the village. This will be done from time to time. It also allows for accurate data capture of vehicle speeds within the 30 mph zone.
As most people know, this has been funded in part by a grant from our District & County Councillor Ian Corkin (£1800), from the closure of an old village fundraising account administered by three residents (£675) and with an additional contribution from the Village Improvement Fund (£870).
Thanks go to Ian Corkin who provides great support to the village in a number of ways and also to the three residents referred to above – Jacqueline Gibbs, Margaret Davis and Rosemary Farmery.
Do let us know how you feel the sign is performing, although we are not encouraging anyone to test it out by exceeding the speed limit!