Roadworks - Drayton Road and High Street

Published: 20 May 2020

The Parish Council had a conversation with Thames Water and their contractors on 19th May with regards to the imminent works in Sutton Courtenay.

The works on High Street are suspended indefinitely, not only due to Covid-19 but also to high water levels which would need to be lower before work could commence. They would hope that these may be carried out in the late summer/early autumn if we have a dry summer, if not, the works will be re-scheduled for next year.

The works on Drayton Road, involving a full road closure, is due to commence during week commencing 15th June. Thames Water will be providing posted leaflets through the doors of properties affected prior to the closure but details are as follows:-

The works will be completed in two sections with one section being completed prior to the next starting. Access to properties in the closed area, including properties on Ginge Brook and Chapel Lane, will be via the section which is NOT being worked on at the time. Pedestrian access will be available at all times. An area wide enough to allow disabled access, pushchairs and cyclists pushing their bikes to pass through will be fenced off. To enable social distancing, passing places in the fencing will be available. The fencing is transparent and therefore pedestrians will be able to see people approaching.

With regards to vehicular access, a signed diversion route will be in place. Thames Water appreciate that some drivers will not follow the diversion and may therefore use the village as a diversion. The Parish Council have requested that “no through route for vehicles over 7.5T” signage be put in place to deter lorries with no business in the village not to use the village as a diversion route. The contractors are requesting approval of this from Oxfordshire County Council. The Parish Council have also requested “businesses open as usual” signs to assist local businesses during the closure.

The Parish Council will be having a further meeting with Thames Water prior to commencement of the work and will post any updates on the website so please do keep an eye out.

Should you have any questions or concerns, please do contact the clerk on who will forward your enquiry onto Thames Water.