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Speed gates come to the Churn Valley

by Paul Hodgkinson on 12 February, 2017

Road safety has been an ongoing concern for residents who live along the A435 in the Churn Valley.

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In particular the speed of traffic going through North Cerney. There have been regular speed checks by the police and community which show a small but persistent number of drivers exceeding the 40mph limit.

The centre of the village sees pedestrians including school children crossing the road to catch buses, a busy junction into the village and accessing the pub and primary school.

Cllr Paul Hodgkinson discussed these issues with North Cerney Parish Council last year and – after meeting Highways on site – agreed to jointly fund a set of 4 gates at either end of the village. These gates are a feature of some other villages in the Cotswolds and the aim is to alert drivers to the fact they’re entering a village environment and a lower speed limit.

The gates have been jointly funded by Paul with the small pot of money he gets each year to fund highways projects, North Cerney Parish Council and Gloucestershire Highways.

The good news is that all 4 gates are now in place.

Further up the A435 heading to Cheltenham, two trial gates have been installed approaching the turning into Rendcomb. The aim of these is once again to slow traffic after numerous complaints about difficulties in exiting the junction there safely. These gates have also been jointly funded with Rendcomb Parish Council.

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  1. Mr.D.Smith says:

    I applauded the council for addressing this issue but they need to take their concerns further. I refer to the parking of vehicles on footpaths. They do have the power to address this but they seem to choose not to. Even our MP voted against a parliamentary bill to make it an offence to park on the pavement.
    When inconsiderate motorists park on the footpath it presents a problem not only for disabled people but to the blind, people with push chairs and others. In addition we have those inconsiderate and downright lazy motorists who park in spaces reserved for disabled drivers. Even our MP parked his vehicle in a Disabled parking space on election night!
    If a vehicle parks on the pavement and causes an obstruction it is an offence but the Police do not have the resources to attend. It is also an offence to drive a vehicle onto the footpath but once again the Police do not want deal with this.

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