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Oxford residents plan DIY road upgrade

Ted Dewan's impression of how Beechcroft Road will look

Residents want to redesign their street in a community-led project inspired by other roads in Europe.

People in Beech Croft Road, Oxford, believe adding pot plants will slow traffic down. They also want to repaint the road and put in picnic tables.

The residents' association has been awarded £8,000 by the transport charity Sustrans to fund the work, part of a national project called "DIY Streets".

If the county council approves the idea the work could be finished by August.

Ted Dewan, who designed the new look, said he had seen similar projects work successfully in Denmark.

Access concerns

"It is a culture change," he said. "We want to see if we can alter the way motorists behave, by changing the environment they are in."

There have been concerns from some residents about access for emergency vehicles but Mr Dewan said this issue had been dealt with.

A public consultation period ends on 12 February. If the scheme is given the go-ahead by the council, residents hope the work will be completed by the Summer.

The project is one of 11 around the country in Sustrans' "DIY Streets" campaign.

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