The previous newsletter had a short piece about the installation of the new street lights. This has now (almost) been completed. The removal of some of the old lamp posts has still to be done. Some of the delay has been due to the steel reinforcing of the old cables connecting the lights. This has been removed from the lights in Cow Lane, but has still to be done in the other streets.
Please will you let any of the Parish Council know if you have problems with the new lighting. Deflectors can be fitted if you find the new brighter lights are intrusive and make it hard to sleep. Similarly please let us know if the making good of the road works has been inadequate.
Speed reduction in the village
One of the most persistent and dangerous problems in Rampton is the speed of some vehicles passing through the village. At certain times of the day it can appear that all traffic is travelling at excessive speed. It was a ‘midnight racer’ that demolished the lamp post and notice boards outside the village hall.
The Parish Council has successfully obtained grant support for new speed control measures through the County Council’s Local Highways Initiative, and intends to tackle the problem in two stages. Stage one will involve putting ‘Give way to on-coming traffic’ signs and lane reduction build-outs at both entrances to the village. The mock-up images below show what the build-outs could look like. These will have no effect on any individual properties on the village roads.
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These build-outs only slow traffic coming into the village, and are very common in some of our neighbouring villages accommodating emergency, commercial and farming traffic without problems. If you have any objections or comments about this proposal please contact one of the Parish Councillors or the Clerk. If the measures are effective that will be it. There will be no second phase, but if speeding remains a problem the Council will consider installing some of the new rubber based speed cushions or other measures. These are less noisy than the hard ones and can be moved to other locations if needs be.
Should the second phase be needed it would be useful to know the preferred options. The short questionnaire can be returned to any Parish Councillor or the Clerk or you can submit your responses online here. Your name is optional, but your response will not be considered if there is no street name; High Street, Green and Church End residents’ views having priority.
Please see the Rampton Parish Council Page for contact details of Parish Councillors.