We have gathered the following information from discussions today with the County Cabinet Member and the project lead for A2H.
We understand that:
- there is a shortfall regarding predicted cost of these phases and the cost quoted by Skanska
- this means that the local Growth Board is being asked for more money at its next closed meeting on 1st February
- it is possible that some of the elements of the Access to Headington scheme may have to be de-scoped (this means that they won’t be funded from the existing pot and will be dependent on funding from elsewhere if they happen at all).
- at present, the Osler Road pedestrian crossing point has already been de-scoped but Skanska has been asked for a separate quote for this which is expected in March. We have asked for this to be included back in scope because we think it would be a major improvement for pedestrians, and had been hoping that it could be funded from money left over from the abandonment of other works near the ring road)
- it appears that the 20 MPH limit for Windmill Road is separately funded so should go ahead, even if the alterations to Windmill Road are pared back or de-scoped
- the County Council does not have to hold a statutory public consultation should any changes to the Access to Headington works be deemed necessary but the officer’s view is that there is a moral obligation for the County Council to consult residents once the options are agreed.
- we asked for the A2H website to be updated, and this has now been done
We have informed the County Council that the condition of the JR roundabout is deteriorating and have asked this to be safety checked.
There is no correlation between any national media stories about Skanska and the quote for these works.