KARS was established in the Summer of 2016 with the brief of making the roads of Kencot as safe as practicable for all their users. Anyone is welcome to join the KARS committee, which currently consists of Chris Bradshaw (chair), Hilary Bradshaw, Gill Cox, John Coxeter, Henry Fyson, Jay Mathews, Charlie Stanley-Evans, Tim Stockford, Lynda Walker, Janet Wheeler and Richard Wheeler. Surveys conducted by Oxfordshire County Council established that vehicles typically went through the south of the village at 20-25 mph (some significantly faster) and that speeds on the stretch of the B4477 to the north were, more often than not, both illegal and dangerous. Working in partnership with OCC officers, KARS has produced a traffic-calming scheme using gates and vehicle-activated flashing signs to slow vehicles on the main road, backed up by a 20mph zone for the rest of Kencot. The scheme has the overwhelming support of the village. The second of two village-wide ballots delivered a 94% turnout, with 84% of voters supporting the traffic-calming proposal. The budget for this project has been set at £20,000. Recognising the pressure on public funds, Kencot villagers have voted to spend up to £15,000 of their own money on putting the plan into effect.
Update on progress as of October 2018 The gates are up on the B4477, and the 20mph signs on the Kencot to Broadwell road are also in place. Lynda and Nigel have put up a sign at both ends of the Kencot to Broadwell Road, reminding everyone that 20mph means 20mph! We now await the solar powered speed signs for the B4477.