How will proposals to reduce vehicle emissions in Watlington, Wallingford and Henley affect local residents?

Released on July 25, 2016

Residents in Watlington, Wallingford and Henley will have another opportunity to say what they think about actions that could cut vehicle emissions in their towns. Researchers working for South Oxfordshire District Council will be conducting doorstep interviews and residents can have a look at the ideas at stalls and exhibitions in the towns in the coming months. 

The three towns suffer from poor air quality, largely due to vehicle congestion, and last year the district council commissioned a report that suggested actions to tackle the problem. The suggestions include restrictions to certain traffic at certain times across the bridge into Wallingford, and on-street parking restrictions to prevent traffic from getting clogged up in Watlington. 

The air quality experts who drafted the low emissions report weren’t able to identify any actions that would significantly reduce vehicle emissions in Henley, so the district council will be investigating what residents in Henley think could be done in the town. 

The council has already received a good response from people across the district about the suggestions made in the proposed Low Emissions Strategy – on the whole, people responding to a consultation at the start of the year were broadly very supportive of the suggested actions. 

Councillor Tony Harbour, cabinet member for environmental health at South Oxfordshire District Council, said: “We’re really grateful for the good response we’ve had so far, and now we want to fully understand the views of people who actually live in these areas.” 

“The proposed Low Emissions Strategy has shown us that these are the only actions that will make a significant difference, particularly in Watlington and Wallingford, and we’d like to hear how residents feel the actions could affect the day to day lives of people living there.”