The JPC debated the matter of progress on the adoption of a 20MPH speed limit on our High Street.
Mr. Paul Taylor, Forestry and Minor Works Manager, WCC County Highways, had been invited to attend on Zoom to update the members and community on the outstanding works. These included road markings and signage at tributary roads off the High Street.
This was postponed as the Speed Management authors, John Clarke and Peter Glaze are conducting their own survey which compares the placement of signage with the plans that were submitted and accepted in the public consultation.
On receipt of the outcome of their survey, the JPC will take up any discrepancies directly with the WCC and invite Mr Taylor to come along to an appropriate public meeting.
A number of comments were raised by members of the public, mostly centred on enforcement and the JPC reminded all that such concerns were raised, but later suspended, when it was thought that such issues may delay this first step towards a safer High Street.
It was generally agreed that this intial and important step would not obviate the nuisance of errant drivers exceeding the limit, but with further enhancements and enforcement it will undoubtedly save lives.
The JPC and WCC have set up a speed monitoring survey, see table, so that a better understanding of the behaviour of motorists at various strategic points along the A3400 using speed capturing technology, in order to register the findings and create a plan for enforcement such as average speed cameras, if found to be feasible and effective in calming traffic.
Further updates will be debated again at the Ordinary Meeting on the 4th of December next.