"We need to look at speed limits not just for the Bartons, but in surrounding areas. There are a number of places where there are windy roads, blind bends, and no speed limits"—Dave Jackson
Dave Jackson, West Oxfordshire District Councillor for the Bartons
Keeping our Villages Safe
It all started when Dave Jackson, now our District Councillor for the Bartons (and a retired headmaster) was worried about the safety of pupils at the local school. “Although there was a 30-mph speed limit near the school, further up it was crackers, cars were just racing around the corner. I thought a simple solution would be to move the speed limit a few hundred feet. So, I got in touch with Oxfordshire Country Council. The highways officer was very helpful, but I was told that the small move I was proposing would need a traffic order and incur thousands of pounds in legal fees.”
Dave couldn’t let it go, though. He did some research and found out about 20 is Plenty, a national charity founded in 2007 that is campaigning for a 20-mph speed limit on “streets where people and motor vehicles mix.” The charity offers 20-mph signs you can stick on your wheelie bin, and posters you could put up in front of your house. It’s not on public property, but motorists driving through your village can see it. Dave decided it was time to make his own.
The signs first went up in his own village, Middle Barton, but have now spread around Oxfordshire. Dave has delivered signs to Church Hanborough, Fawler, Chadlington, Finstock, Tackley and Wootton. “It seems to have taken off,” he says.
Now that the Liberal Democrats are leading Oxfordshire County Council, villages can apply to have speed limits lowered to 20mph, but if you still need a 20 is plenty sign, you can contact Dave at [email protected].
Councillor Liz Leffman helping villages install '20 is Plenty' signs in back in April 2021, before becoming Leader of Oxfordshire County Council.