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Message from Councillor Paul Barrow re our Byways & use by unsuitable vehicles

on Wed, 01/01/2020 - 6:28pm

Dear residents,

Between East and West Challow and in the northerly part of Letcombe Regis are Byways Open to All Traffic (BOAT) which are used by walkers and riders all year round, and not only by residents of these parishes.

However, they are also used by Multi-Purpose Vehicles (MPVs) – mainly 4x4s - for what is effectively joy-riding. These are not locals and come from as far away as Northampton! With the weather that we have had recently these churn up and rut these byways such that it becomes almost impossible to walk and ride along them. We have had 4x4s using Cornhill Lane (between the Challows) during the night. Two were trying to force their way up at 2 am on the night of December28th, disturbing the local residents and causing some distress. Videos have been taken but registration numbers are almost impossible to read.

Yvonne Constance has been moving OCC in the direction of regulating and restricting traffic on these byways to prevent their use by MPVs during the winter months. We need to ensure that those who use/want to use these byways, but are prevented from doing so, complain to add pressure to get them closed to inappropriate traffic.

Please mail Yvonne at [email protected] and Paul Fermer, Assistant Director Highways and Transport Operations ([email protected]) and, if you think of it, copy me in to the mail ([email protected]).


Paul Barrow
Councillor for Ridgeway Ward
Vale of White Horse District Council