Things are happening on the A529! Shropshire Council have secured funding for safety measures to the A529, a large section of which runs through Adderley parish. Shropshire Council’s funding application can be seen here Road Safety Fund Application . The Sub-Committee have already made contact with Shropshire Council’s Project Team to maximise the funds that are made available to reduce the average speed of traffic through our village. As such a letter has been submitted to outline our initial suggestions taking into account the comments we have already received from parishioners Letter to Shropshire Council re A529 . We will continue to engage fully with Shropshire Council as the project progresses. You can see that we have received a positive response from the Council Submission Response
You will all be aware of the speed monitoring sign which continues to move around the village, collecting data and raising awareness. You can click on the graphs below to see the latest results from Rectory Lane.
We always welcome new members to join our Sub-Committee and value any comments/suggestions from parishioners.
Earlier this year Parish Council’s in the West Midlands were asked to respond to a survey by the Police Commissioner. We are fortunate in that we live in a low crime area however, when crimes do occur we suffer from the low level of resourcing that affects our Police Officers in Market Drayton. The response of the Parish Council is below and it reflects our lack of confidence in levels of policing.
You cannot fail to have noticed that the A529 has been identified as one of the top 50 most dangerous roads in the UK. This is no longer a matter of local opinion it is a matter of nationally recognised fact.
The Parish Council working group is undertaking a Traffic and Road Safety Questionnaire to help build the evidence base for holding discussions with the Local Authority about improvements to the road which cuts through the village.
If you haven’t already done so it is vital that you respond to this questionnaire. Instructions for responding are included in the attached document. Please answer the questions and let us know your views.
In July we installed the speed checker on Green Bank in response to more concerns from Residents about the speed of vehicles travelling towards the A529. we now have the analysis from the two weeks in which the checker was in place.
The speed results for Green Bank 7th July – 18th July 2017:
373 vehicles recorded of which 10.86%, 40 vehicles, travelled at more than 30 mph.
Of these 40 vehicles only 8 were travelling in excess over 35 mph of which the worst was 51 mph Tuesday 18th July between 7 and 8 am.
What next? There is a meeting with Shropshire Council to discuss road safety on the A529 on the 29th/30th August which members of the Parish Council will attend. The A529 between Market Drayton and Audlem has been identified as one of the top 50 roads in the country with the highest risk of being killed or seriously injured. We will take the information from the speed checker on Green Bank and the A529 to the meeting with us.
Did you know that the playground is unbelievably well used by children in the village? Just wander by at the end of the school day and you will see parents and children having fun, and that’s the way it should be. For a while now the benches in the play area have been is an increasingly sorry state so we are pleased to have been in a position to provide new benches in this well used facility.
In addition, following requests from the parishioners we have been able to provide a further bench in the old bus shelter at the junction of Green Bank and Station Road. The steady climb up to this point is challenging for some of our respected older residents and it’s a pleasure to be able to provide a point of rest in the shelter (despite the lack of buses)
People are often surprised by this BUT the Parish Council does not have the power to impose speed restrictions OR to initiate penalties for speed infringements. Whodathunkit!
BUT we can reflect the concerns of residents to the powers that be. To this end we have managed to secure the use of the speed checker again in order to remind wayward motorists that it’s a 30 mile per hour zone on Green Bank AND to collect data on the number of infringements. This we can use to make our case for some official enforcement.
So keep your eyes open, watch your speed and let’s see what the speed checker says: