Extend 30mph zone to the west of Staverton?

I think the 30mph speed limit on the west of Staverton should be extended and I am considering pushing this in my role as parish councillor.  My thoughts are that it should stretch out to encompass the steam railway station – possibly just beyond Louise Watson’s house where the road starts uphill towards Riverford.  And then also over the bridge to around the location of Staverton Bridge Nursery.

An increasing number of people are using the road to connect from the village centre to the playing fields, the station or the bridge.  Yes, there’s a path along the river but that’s not always convenient.  And there are a number of houses along new lane whose front gates exit immediately onto the road, making it very dangerous if cars are travelling too fast.

I see the station, the bridge and the playing fields as important parts of the village.  The first two in particular help attract tourists and generate income for the village.  It therefore doesn’t make sense to signal that these locations aren’t in the village by placing them outside the 30mph zone.

I’ve heard the argument that speed limits don’t necessarily slow people down, and there’s no doubt that some people will ignore them.  But I think the vast majority of people will slow down when they enter 30mph zone.  It’s effectively a helpful signal that you’re entering a village, which is not always obvious with all the thick hedges hiding houses away.

I’ve had an informal discussion with DCC highways representative about this, and the opinion I got back was that DCC are very careful about agreeing to extend 30mph limits.  I get the impression it would take a lot of work.

So I’m floating the idea to see what people think.  How many people agree with me?   Should I push for this?  And if we’re going to do this, I think we’ll need lots of community support – letters, lobbying etc.  The online neighbourhood plan questionnaire is now available – see home page for a link.  If you feel strongly about this issue, make sure you complete a questionnaire, which gives you the option to highlight traffic speeds as an issue.

I’m sure there are other areas in the parish too that need attention, but this is the one I know best.

If you agree, or have thoughts, could you click the “thumb” below and leave a comment please.

 

Neighbourhood Plan – online questionnaire now available

The  Neighbourhood Plan questionnaire is now ready to roll after a sterling effort from the volunteers on the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group.   Printed copies will be delivered from next week, but the online version is ready now.  Please, if you can, complete the online version rather than the paper version.  Volunteers will have to type all handwritten versions into the computer, and so every questionnaire completed online saves time.  Click here for the explanatory letter from John Flaherty of the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Committee.

 

tractors

i have moved here recently and before i came did not know about the seasonal farm traffic between landscove and ashprington(i think) . This as i am sure you all knwo concsists of 4 large tractors and trailers going backwards and forwards from 7 am to 11 pn at night 7 days a week. this means basically one comes past every 10 minutes.
I appreciate the farmers have a business to run however this is not a few tractors passing but industrial scale traffic on a small road and is a major disturbance as they are extremely noisey particulary as they accelerate up the hill .. i wonder if the pssibility of the farmers using an alternate route every so often ay for a few days giving periods of break to residents on the route?
Best regards
chris jackson

 

Slow down traffic through Sea Trout S-Bend

I think that a lot of people drive dangerously fast through the S-bend uphill from the Sea Trout, and that action is needed to address this.  My view is that vehicles ought to be somehow encouraged to limit their speed to 15 mph in order to make this section safe for pedestrians and other drivers.  Can the Parish Council do anything about this?  Could we have advisory speed limits painted on the road?