Residents chance to have their say on proposals to reduce vehicle emissions in three South Oxfordshire towns

Released on October 5, 2016

Residents in Watlington, Wallingford and Henley will have a further opportunity to give their views about actions that could be taken to cut vehicle emissions in their towns.

Proposals for reducing vehicle emissions will be on display at special drop in exhibitions between 10am and 2pm on the following dates:

  • Saturday 15 October – Watlington Town Hall
  • Saturday 22 October – Wallingford Town Hall
  • Saturday 29 October – Henley Town Hall

Air quality experts from South Oxfordshire District Council will be on hand to answer questions about the proposals and what they could mean for the local area.

Researchers from MEL Research, working for the district council, will also be conducting doorstep interview surveys with a representative sample of residents in Watlington (7 and 8 October), Wallingford (14 and 15 October) and Henley (21 to 28 October).

This is the latest round of consultation on the council’s proposed Low Emissions Strategy.  Earlier this year people gave their initial feedback to the proposals and, on the whole, were broadly supportive of the suggested actions.

Councillor Tony Harbour, Cabinet Member for Environmental Health at South Oxfordshire District Council, said: “We want to hear from people directly in the three towns who could be affected by the proposals. This is their last chance to have a say before we produce our full report.”

“If you would like to have a say please come along to the drop-in event in your area. It’s very important we hear from as many people as possible – your views really do matter and will make a difference when we consider what actions may be taken forward for further development.”

Why action is needed 

Watlington, Wallingford and Henley 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 is investigating what residents in Henley think could be done in the town.