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Planning process for cycle-lane obstructions outside Swan School

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Dear Oxford City Council,

A video of the bollards in question:
https://youtu.be/ZHFOSGk0jcI

I would like to know if a risk assessment was carried out on the design of the bollards obstructing the cycle lane outside the Swan Scool site on the Marston Ferry Road.

Are you aware that an accident has already occurred (reported by Cyclox on Facebook on 11/12/20)? Only days after the additional wooden bollards were installed (the metal removal ones have been there longer).

I would like to see the risk assessment.

I would like to know the cost to the tax payer for these obstructions to the cycle lane.

I would like to know how the other two access roads at the other end of the cycle track (Cherwell School South site and Nursery/temporary Swan School site) are different from the Swan School site access, as there are no obstructions to the cycle lane there.

Yours faithfully,
Ben Micklem

freedomofinformation, Oxford City Council

Dear Mr Micklem,
 
Oxford City Council – Reference:9729
 
Thank you for your email below.  Your request was received on 11th
December 2020 and you will be sent a response within 20 working days (of
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freedomofinformation, Oxford City Council

Dear Mr Micklem,
 
Oxford City Council – Reference:9729
 
Further to the acknowledgement below, I can respond to your Freedom of
Information Act 2000 request received on 11^th December 2020 as follows:
 
This is all of the information we hold which is from the planning
application documents which are published online.
 
The bollards were marked on the drawings submitted and approved with the
planning permission 18/01173/FUL. However, the site access works were
subject to a S278 with  Oxfordshire County Council and it is at this point
that the design would be checked and finalised. Below are extracts from
the report to East Area Planning Committee (which can be found online
under the above ref).
 
9.11    A Section 278 agreement is required for the construction of the
site
access (as per drawing no. 4479/008/T/SK-211/P9 submitted with the
planning application [Officer note: within the Car Park and Access
Management Plan]). The site access comprises a priority junction with
dedicated right and left turn lanes on Marston Ferry Road, a raised
table across the site and stop markings requiring vehicles to give way to
cycles on the cycle lane.
 
10.89    […] These measures and the detail of the design would be secured
through the Section 278 agreement. […]
 
10.95 The Transport Assessment Addendum also includes a Stage 1 Road
Safety Audit (RSA) and Designer’s Response. The RSA was undertaken on
the previous design before the give-way markings on the cycle lane were
changed to stop markings. It should be noted that many of the issues
raised in the RSA can be addressed at detail design stage when the
applicant submits the design for Technical Approval to the Road
Agreements Team at the County Council as part of the Section 278
agreement.
 
A Stage 1 Road Safety Audit was undertaken prior to pp being issued and
this was reviewed by County. We are not sure of County’s procedures but we
understand  a further Road Safety Audit (Stage 2) would have happened
after planning permission was granted and before works commenced. See
paragraph 3.4 of the Transport Assessment for the scheme.
 
3.4     It should be noted that the Road Safety Audit Stage 1 has been
commissioned, as the access
design is at preliminary stage. A Road Safety Audit Stage 2 will follow
once the access design
progresses to detail design stage and will accompany information submitted
for technical
approval (via Section 278 Agreement).
 
For any further information I recommend you re-direct your enquiry to
Oxfordshire County Council as the Highways authority, via the following
link, as I believe they may be better placed to answer anything further
regarding your request.
[1]https://www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/cms/conte... by
email: [2][email address]
 
or by post: Freedom of Information Team, County Hall,Oxford.OX1 1ND
 
 
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entitled to ask the Council for an internal review of the decision(s)
made.  You may do this by writing to the Monitoring Officer, by either
email – [3][email address] – or by post to Monitoring Officer,
Oxford City Council, St Aldate’s Chambers, St Aldate’s, Oxford, OX1 1DS. 
After the result of the internal review, if you remain dissatisfied, you
may ask the Information Commissioner to intervene on your behalf.  You may
do this by writing to the Information Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe
Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF.
 
Yours sincerely
 
Kathryn Winfield
Information Governance Requests Officer
 
Kathryn Winfield | Information Governance Requests Officer | Oxford City
Council | Law and Governance | St. Aldate's Chambers | Oxford | OX1 1DS |
Email: [4][email address] | T: 01865 252007
My working days are Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays
 
Stop the virus from spreading. Keep Oxford safe.
Follow the guidance: Clean hands. Wear a face mask. Keep your distance.
Get tested if you have symptoms.
 
 
 
 
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