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Church Street

LANCASHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL
(CHURCH STREET, WHITTINGTON)
(TEMPORARY PROHIBITION OF THROUGH TRAFFIC) ORDER 2019

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Lancashire County Council have made an Order under Section 14(1) (a) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984, as amended, the effect of which will be to temporarily prohibit traffic on the roads set out in this notice.

1. No person shall cause any motor vehicle or cycle to proceed over that length of Church Street, Whittington from its junction with Robraine to its junction with Hosticle Lane.

2. The prohibition will be operative daily between 0800 hours and 1600 hours from Friday 1st February 2019 until Monday 4th February 2019 or until completion of the works within this period.

3. An alternative route for vehicular traffic affected by the closure is via:- Hutton Roof Road – Biggins Lane – into Cumbria – B6254 Robraine – B6254 Church Street to Robraine.

The temporary prohibition is necessary to allow carriageway resurfacing works to be carried out.

Michael White,
Network Regulation Manager
Lancashire Highway Services

Church St. Closure

The following message comes for the County Council:

Dear all,

 Please find attached details of a proposed temporary road closure on Church Street, Whittington on the Friday 1st February 2019, until Monday 4th February 2019 to enable carriageway resurfacing works to take place.

 If you have any comments or observations regarding the closure please contact the LCC contact indicated in the attached closure details or email lhsstreetworks@lancashire.gov.uk by Friday 11th January 2019.

 You can also find details of any other planned works via our Highways Bulletin website which links to all planned works in Lancashire.

 Please click on the attached link and select the area that you are interested in.

 https://www.lancashire.gov.uk/roads-parking-and-travel/roads/roadworks-and-traffic-regulation-orders/.

 Kind Regards,

Emma Farrow, Technical Support Officer, Highways Regulation and Inspection Team, Lancashire County Council.

SpID for Whittington

Residents living in the centre of the village are concerned about the speed of traffic past their houses.  It has been discussed by the Parish Council over a considerable number of years without any action being taken to try to secure a reduction in speeds.

The question was raised at the Parish Assembly on May 8th which was attended by five residents.  The Chairman agreed with the points listed below.

  1. The existing 30mph speed limit is too high given both the poor access onto Main Street from adjacent properties and lack of safe footpaths for much of the length of Main Street.
  2. Previous traffic surveys have shown that traffic speeds were rarely in excess of the existing speed limit.
  3. There had been no accidents on Main Street as a result of excessive speed.
  4. Although a speed limit of 20mph would be desirable it was possible that this could not be imposed by the County Council, there was also some doubt about the enforcement of lower speed limits.

Prior to the Parish Assembly in May 2017 the PC had discussed the possibility of installing a Speed Indicating Device but the PC minutes do not record any discussion in relation to the potential effectiveness of such devices nor do they record any information about the question of costs and funding.  There is no record of any discussions with the Highways Authority about the problem nor about other measures which might be taken

The Chairman admitted that he had no idea about the costs of purchasing and maintaining a SpID but he was under the impression that they would be met by the County’s Parish Champion.

Since the assembly the Parish Council has claimed that the points listed have been discussed but I can find no mention in the PC minutes of any discussion of or decisions taken to overrule the Chairman’s commitment.

I find this situation completely unacceptable and to be in clear breach of the Code of Conduct agreed by the PC, particularly in relation to:

Openness

Holders of public office should be as open as possible about the decisions and actions that they take. They should give reasons for their decisions and restrict information only when the wider public interest clearly demands

Clearly it would be totally irresponsible for the Parish Council to acquire a SpID until they have made a proper case for so doing and given all residents the opportunity to understand the issues at stake.  This could easily be done at an open Parish Meeting with officers from the Highways Department present to outline the other options which might be available.

The alternatives are clearly set out in in The Department of Transport Advisory Leaflet 1/03.  No doubt the Parish Clerk or one of the Parish Councillors would be happy to lend any resident their copy.

Should the Parish Council ultimately decide to proceed careful consideration would need to be given to the siting of any device.  The position chosen for “the trial” must have been carefully considered, 30mph at that point is clearly inappropriate but the “Smiley Face” could have been taken as approval to travel at 30mph.  Fortunately, there were no accidents, had there been, the question of public liability would have been interesting to say the least.

Graham Williams

Gressingham SpID

A report, in Wagtail our Parish Magazine, on the proceedings of Gressingham Parish Council, throws new light on the intentions of that PC in respect of the use of a SpID.  The Wagtail report says:

“Caton Parish Council has kindly agreed to allow Gressingham to share one of Caton’s Speed Indicator Devices, (SpID) signs; this will be used periodically on the main road at both ends of the village.”

We had already reported earlier in this Blog that Lancashire Highways Department had installed a suitable plate on existing poles in Gressingham, to which a SpID could be fitted.