When there is change in the air, there is always an opportunity to challenge the old ways and come up with potential win/win alternatives. There is also the chance that we miss the window of opportunity and we are left with the worst of all worlds.
What we have in Thrupp Lane at the moment is a beautiful lane, which is a national Cycle Route and we have access on our doorsteps to lakes and river walks. On the other hand, we also have massive HGVs trundling down this single track lane, businesses with no planning permission and a greenbelt site being eyed up for 200+ new houses.
So how might we come up with a mutual win for the community, environment and business? A new road access from Thrupp Lane to Audlett Drive onto the Abingdon peripheral road system would achieve:
• The HGVs serving the gravel and cement businesses located in Thrupp Lane would access the site via Audett Drive, no longer using Thrupp Lane (win for business and community)
• Safer pedestrian/cycle access for the community to the Radley Lake along a single track, semi-rural, national cycle track (win for community)
• Road access for the community to the Radley Lakes via Audlett Drive (win for community)
• New business units, in the style of Barton Lane at the Audlett Drive end of the road (win for business and new jobs for the community)
This will need broad agreement from Landowners, Local Authority and the Community, but the size of the prize is worth it. We need to act now to build a plan that benefits Radley going forward and doesn’t simply load more pressure on existing services and routes.
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