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CLP: Traffic Volume and Speed

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Traffic, essentially its speed and volume, was considered to be the primary issue for Church Minshull both at the original open event and from the responses to the questionnaires with nearly 60% of respondents being 'Very Concerned'. Traffic was also the highest scored item for the 'thing you would most like to change about Church Minshull'. In addition over 50% were "Dissatisfied' with the condition of our local roads. The consultations also identified fears about pedestrian safety and heavy goods vehicles mounting kerbs and damaging drain gulleys. A traffic survey by Cheshire East Highways confirmed the high volume of traffic.
The Parish Council has made several representations to Cheshire East Council Highways about applying weight restrictions to our local roads however at present this is not an avenue open to us.
A priority action was identified to seek support for a traffic calming scheme in the village which would have the effect of managing vehicle speed and to some extent, discourage some drivers from using routes that pass through our community. An opportunity to take advantage of some available funding and personal support from our Borough Councillor enabled the collective team to complete one of the key actions. A specific open meeting was held to share the outline plans put forward by Cheshire East Council and following several surveys and a changed design, a scheme of traffic calming has been installed in Church Minshull Village along with resurfacing of the road in this area.
Further actions have been identified with the aim of eventually reducing the number of HGVs using our local roads and ensuring it is a safer and quieter place for pedestrians.

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Enhanced traffic calming measures including gateways and roundabout January 14
July 14
Feb 2015
* Completed: New layout and remedial work
* Completed: 30mph Signs on Crewe approach from canal bridge
* Completed: Traffic census
Introduce reduced speed limit on outskirts of village and ultimately a 20mph limit within the centre August 15
December 14
* PC meeting with CE Highways to carry out 'Route Review' to assess need for a reduction of speed limit on outlaying roads from curtilage of village
* Parish Council to seek a 20mph limit in centre of village
Continue the Community Speedwatch Scheme Ongoing * Continue to liaise with PCSO
*Re-commence use of Speed Indication Device)
Quantification exercise to assess HGV travelling through village and plan of action to reduce them April 15
September 15
*Survey of HGV activity. Volunteers will be required
* Pursue communication options on basis of survey outcome
* Re-investigate options for introducing vehicle weight limit
Investigate lobbying for amendments of SAT NAV core rules to avoid CM December 15 * Investigations indicated that 'B' roads are unable to be removed from Satnav options