While there is no doubt there is an issue caused by traffic speed and volume in the village, sensible debate is not helped if false statistics are employed. Campaigners have focused their attention on West Adderbury, including Horn Hill Road and the Milton Road and adjoining new estates. Their focus has been sharpened by a striking statistic which seemed to show an increase in traffic flows along Horn Hill Road between 2012 and 2018 of 141%. This does seem a huge increase and has been quoted repeatedly by those wishing to subvert the Milton Road development by spending funding designated for sports and community facilities there on an expensive 20 mph traffic calming scheme.
Well, a sharp-eyed parish councillor has spotted that the figure is wrong! It failed to compare like with like and took traffic movements along Horn Hill Road in both directions in 2018 and compared them with movements in one direction only in 2012. The true increase over this period on a like-for-like basis is apparently 17%!
Whether this false statistic was the result of ignorance, human error or deliberate misrepresentation, I leave to others to decide but at least we have a truthful figure now with which to inform public debate.