The traffic management survey is now complete, in total 190 responses were received before the June 3rd.
For the cushions 46% preferred removal whilst 42% wanted to keep them, however 81% are concerned about speeding traffic and 87% thought a reduction in speed would make a safer and more pleasant environment.
77% would not support removal speed measures without replacement, and flat topped humps were the preferred option (60%) with a speed indicator sign second (52%).
A small committee of villagers has been meeting regularly over the past six months to discuss the idea of creating a Parish Plan to help guide the future development of the Parish of Rampton.
To this end, we have compiled a short questionnaire which will be distributed to every household within the next month. There will be a separate adult and child questionnaire with a prize draw for each. It will also be possible to complete the questionnaire online.
The fruit trees in the community orchard need a winter prune and to be weeded around the base. There is also some cleaning of the playground equipment to be done. It would be great if villagers could come and help on Saturday 11th February from 10am-12pm. Any questions please call Cllr Linda Cawley on 07773 521275.
Gallagher’s, who are undertaking phase 1 of the Northstowe development , and part of this work involves improvements to the B1050, this was meant to involve closures to the B1050 midweek overnight for about 20 nights, but the work now seems more complex and they require to close the road for two weekends in addition
From 2000hrs on Friday 14th August, 2015 to 0500hrs on Monday 17th August, 2015
From 2000hrs on Friday 21st August, 2015 to 0500hrs on Monday 24th August, 2015.
At the Annual Parish Council Meeting last night several concerns were raised about the current state of the speed restriction measures installed at the beginning of April at the two entries to the village.
The county council have been asked to provide a safety audit and this is a summary of their response: –
Location of eastern build out (Cottenham End)
Average speeds appear to be high, possibly due to the lack of development,
Although no accidents have been reported, it’s a concern locally of drivers misjudging the time available to pass the feature,
Moving the feature to a different location would create new conflict with higher inbound speeds,
Removal of the feature would remove the conflict. This will also remove the traffic calming being achieved on the inbound speeds.
In addition to this I attended site last Friday to observe the traffic movement and behaviours. I also drove this section in both directions to get a 1st person perspective of the situation. From this I agree with the safety audit.
As an immediate response to the matter I am proposing the attached plan 000-005 to be implemented, following Parish approval. Once completed it will then be monitored and further arrangements can be made to slow vehicles speeds if required, through the use of speed cushions/ full width road humps or other methods.
Unfortunately, there has been a marked increase in the amount of dog mess on the recreation ground, so check your children’s and your own shoes if you have visited.
The Parish Council would like to remind dog owners that dogs are banned at all times from anywhere on the recreation ground. Leaving dog faeces anywhere and especially where children play shows a spectacular lack of consideration. Do as you would be done by.
The trees in the orchard on the recreation ground need a bit of weeding around the bottom. If you would like to help, please come along on Saturday 8th November at 10am with some shears etc. Any queries please call Linda Cawley on 07773 521275
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.