Another key issue, if not the biggest chal- lenge facing the village is road safety, as most solutions could affect the country- side unfavourably.
There were three questions devoted to speed control measures and 85% of the respondents replied, generally sup- porting or extending speed limits throughout the village. This is not sur- prising as there has been an active Road Safety group operating in the village in recent years. The Government and the Council for the Protection of Rural Eng- land generally support the lowering of speed limits through villages but the po- lice are only able to support reductions where the current speed of traffic is within a defined margin of the proposed speed or where there are accident black spots.
Number of supporters
When asked if you would support action to improve road safety, these danger spots were identified
Outside the church
Smugglers Lane Junction
Support for speed control measures in the village centre
Support for action to improve road safety at specified “danger-spots”
Introduce a speed limit
Children at play signs
More road warning signs
One way traffic flow
None of the above
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Other proposed speed control measures had less clear cut support. Traffic calming can be contentious, as shown in the neighbouring village of Bishop’s Sutton where opinion is divided as to its success. Road signs can be useful but equally too many signs can confuse motorists and spoil the rural environment. Equally many felt that pavements and street lights would change the character of the village.
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