Abingdon’s road conditions, traffic management and public transport were revealed as the biggest concerns for residents in a community survey published recently.
The Abingdon for All Community Survey received almost 300 responses when it ran during September last year, asking residents to rank a number of issues by their importance.
Both transport and town retail were chosen as two of the three topics most important to responders, selected by 52 per cent of people.
Planning and housing development came third in the list, receiving 139 votes compared to town retail (145) and transport (146).
Other topics in the survey included environment (109), health and wellbeing (87), history, culture and tourism (80), sports and leisure (41), community safety (36), parking (31), free time (22) and communication (11).
Town councillor and former mayor Angela Lawrence said she had anticipated transport being the biggest issue for Abingdon.
She said: “The problem in Abingdon is there are too many cars on the road.
“The fact that all these houses are being built means there are more cars, and it’s about trying to find ways to discourage people from using cars when they can. But if the public transport isn’t there, it’s much harder.”
Cllr Lawrence added that Radley Station “works very well for commuters” but for daytime and evening users “it’s a different matter”.
She said: “The constant alteration of bus services has been an issue, especially the way they keep changing the X13. The number of X13 buses has been cut down, but quite a lot of people depend on the railway station from Oxford rather than going to Didcot.
“It just needs more joined up thinking, and that improves the health of the town, which improves the health of people if they’re not forever using their car, or if their car isn’t polluting other people’s use of the town.”
Issues raised during the survey will feed into Abingdon-on-Thames Town Council’s Community Led Plan.
A spokesperson for the council said: “The intention is that the Community Led Plan becomes a living rolling action plan of activity which will help address the issues raised in the survey and improve Abingdon for all.”
The town council has invited the public to discuss the issues during a series of meetings in the Roysse Room.
The first meeting on March 5 at 6pm will discuss transport and parking issues; planning, housing and flooding are on the agenda on March 20 and town retail and town centre development on April 16.