The County Council wishes to facilitate the designation of certain roads as “Quiet Lanes”. The purpose of the designation would be:
· to produce a network of lanes designed to protect and enhance the local character and distinctiveness of the countryside;
· To protect the amenity of such local rural routes;
· To enhance/encourage recreational use of those routes;
· To ensure that the maintenance of the route is appropriate and does not widen/urbanise the route;
· To dissuade HGVs and other unsuitable vehicles from using the route.
The aim of Quiet Lanes is to maintain the character of minor rural roads by seeking to contain rising traffic growth that is widespread in rural areas. There are three key elements to a Quiet Lanes scheme:
· community involvement to encourage a change in user behaviour;
· area‐wide direction signing to discourage through traffic;
· And Quiet Lane entry and exit signs to remind drivers that they are entering or leaving a Quiet Lane.
Criteria for proposing a route as a quiet Lane:
· Less than 1000 motor vehicles per day.
· Vehicle speeds should be kept to levels appropriate to the mix of uses and activities expected to take place, usually with the 85th percentile speed below 35 mph.
· “local road”
· Narrow – single‐track is preferred
· Be rural in character, though they do not necessarily have to be in a rural area.
· Single roads can be designated under the Act, the aim of creating a coherent network of routes for non‐motorised users should remain.
· Traffic calming and traffic management measures may be required to achieve these conditions; these should be designed to be in keeping with the local environment but must still be effective
The Parish Council will be discussing this topic at our November meeting. Please send us your comments via the box below if you would like to express an opinion.