Sussex Safer Roads Partnership visits Easebourne

As some of you may have seen, three new ‘Speed Camera/30mph’ signs were installed along Dodsley Lane last week in the latest phase of our attempts to reduce traffic speeds throughout the village. The Sussex Safer Roads Partnership speed van has also been positioned in the village today, Monday 9th July, and Easebourne will now be included as one of their regular scheduled locations. Our own Community Speedwatch activity will continue alongside these checks and we’re always happy to welcome new volunteers, so if you have an hour to spare a week to help us make our roads safer then please do get in touch with our Parish Clerk.”

Installation of Vehicle Activated Signs

Easebourne Parish Council have just had installed (Monday 26th February 2018) 2 vehicle activated 30 mph signs (VAS). Located on the A269, on Dodsley Lane, at Budgenor Lodge activated by speeding traffic going south into Easebourne and the other, also on Dodsley Lane activated by any speeding vehicles leaving Easebourne heading towards Haslemere.

Installation of Vehicle Activated Signs

Great news! The electrical work has now been completed by SSE and our 2 Vehicle Activated Signs will be installed on Monday 26th February. One will be located close to Budgenor Lodge facing north and the other will be close to Egmont Road facing south. This is another project that the Parish Council Highways Team have been working on for over 2 years, gathering the required data to support the installation and gain the necessary approvals from the District Council and Highways authority. The signs will both trigger when a motorist is exceeding the speed limit reminding them that they are in a 30mph zone and to SLOW DOWN. We hope you will agree that this is a significant step towards calming traffic through our village.

High probability of snow week commencing 26th February

The Met Office weather forecast for next week indicates that there is a high probability of snow starting Monday evening and overnight. It is too early to accurately predict where the snow will be heaviest and how much accumulation there will be.

Day time and overnight temperature are likely to remain very cold for the few days afterwards so any snow that does accumulate is likely to remain.

Precautionary Salting operations will continue through-out the period and snow ploughs will be fitted when required to ensure main roads are kept open.

We are therefore advising Town and Parish Councils to be prepared to enact their Winter Management Plans if /when we issue an instruction to do so. We will continue to monitor the Met Office advice over the weekend and will issue a further update on Monday 26th Feb. If the situation changes significantly over the weekend we advise Town and Parish Councils to monitor the highways Twitter account for updates.

Preparation work for Vehicle Activated Signs (VAS)

The electrical work to prepare two existing street lighting columns for the installation of our VAS will take place this week, on the 8th Feb. The street lighting contractor for West Sussex County Council, SSE, will be carrying out the work. As soon as that is complete we expect to schedule an installation date for the VAS themselves.

Completion of Signalised Pedestrian Crossing

Many of you have observed that the long awaited signalised crossing on the A286 close to Hollist Lane and Wheelbarrow Castle was completed just before Christmas. The Parish Council has been working hard over the last few years to encourage West Sussex County Council to progress the installation of the crossing and we hope you agree that it has been worth the wait.

The focus of the Parish Council Highways Panel has now moved to finalising the installation of two Vehicle Activated Signs to promote traffic speed reduction, and investigating options to improve safety on Wheelbarrow Castle.

New Dodsley Lane Pedestrian Crossing

New Signalised  Pedestrian Crossing

Work is due to commence soon at Dodsley Lane, Easebourne on 23rd October 2017 and is expected to take three to four weeks to complete.

This project will include;

  • Installation of new signal controlled Puffin style pedestrian crossing and equipment and crossing associated road markings.
  • Inclusion of pedestrian beepers and rotating tactile devices to aid those with visual impairments to cross safely.
  • Installation of new dropped kerbing and blistered paving. The crossing will be 2.4m wide and include four poles with signal heads.
  • Carriageway resurfacing to approximately 50 metres on the north and south side of the crossing.
  • Traffic Management will be used during the duration of the works.

Hours of work will generally be between 7am and 5pm.

Before the works start, advance warning signs we will erected in the local area.

In order to protect the workforce and the public, traffic management will be used during the duration of the works with temporary traffic lights employed whilst the carriageway is excavated.

PUBLIC NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that in pursuance of the provisions of Section 14(2) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act, 1984, as amended, the use of (and parking on) Easebourne Lane, Easebourne from junction with Wheelbarrow Castle to Dodsley Lane is temporarily prohibited from 29/08/2017 for 4 days.

 

Potholes

If you spot a pothole, a sunken drain, overgrown vegetation, damaged kerbs or another problem anywhere in West Sussex that you think is a danger to road or footpath users, then it’s very easy to report it directly to West Sussex County Council via www.love.westsussex.gov.uk. Just click on the ‘Add report’ option and follow the steps, including as much detail as possible so they can pin point exactly where the problem is. Of course you can also email parishclerk@easebourne.org if it’s something specifically within Easebourne.

Careful drivers welcome!

We recently added the finishing touch to our village gateways that will be seen by motorists as they arrive in Easebourne on the A272 from Petworth. The ‘Please drive carefully through our village’ sign is another reminder that they are about to enter a 30mph residential area and they should revise their speed accordingly. Elsewhere in the village we’re working hard on other speed measures for the A286 and hope to have more news about progress shortly.