Update from Borough Councillor Leigh Hunt
The new WCC officer who is dealing with the traffic calming has done a lot of work in a very short time. A meeting took place with the Chair of the Parish Council and your Borough and County Councillors, together with Warwickshire County Council officers on 20th October.
There was extensive discussion about street lighting requirements. Any speed hump in a 30Mph area requires lighting. 20Mph zones don’t require lighting, but it may be provided if a safety audit shows this is necessary.
There are two humps in the scheme in the 30Mph zone on Newton Road. The cost of providing street lighting is prohibitive, so these two humps will be removed, and the money used elsewhere.
WCC will provide new LED lighting to Rugby Road, Main Street, Church Street, parts of Lilbourne Road and Hillmorton Lane, and South Road. These may be subject to partial night lighting (in other words some of the lights may be turned off at night).
WCC would have liked to provide lighting to North Road, but in order for WCC to adopt the lights underground Low Voltage power would need to be provided – and this could cost around £100,000! The Parish Council can provide overhead LED lighting to the area at their own cost, without the same power requirements.
The lighting will be the first thing to go in, and this could start before Xmas, depending on the availability of supplies.
There will also be illuminated signs at the start of the 20Mph zone at all 4 entrances to the village. WCC are also going to include village gateways in the scheme (at their cost) and parish councillors have been looking at different designs. This is a bonus as the parish council had agreed at the last meeting to provide these. The gateway features could happen quite quickly.
The revised detailed design is being worked up, and there there should be a stage 2 safety audit before Xmas, with the orders to be placed early in 2018. More details on these will be provided when available.
There will be road closures whilst the works are ongoing, and details will be given as soon as they are known. These will cause inconvenience for village residents, but might deter some of the rat-running that we’ve been seeing increasingly of late.
There was also discussion about the placement of bollards in the vicinity of the raised junction at Main Street/Lilbourne Road and Church Street. We have asked WCC to investigate if it is possible to omit some bollards from the scheme so as to allow the cars from the cottages near the TMH to continue to park on the apron outside their homes. Unfortunately, this is unlikely to happen as the road will be at the same height as the pavement, so the bollards are needed for safety reasons.
Further details will be published as they become available.