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Campaign for road safety in North Walsham moves forward

Campaigners in North Walsham have taken new steps to improve safety along two busy roads into the town.

Residents and councillors gathered at the junction of Aylsham Road and Skeyton New Road this morning (September 27) to display new signs urging motorists to take care and cut their speeds.

The idea came from campaigner and resident Bernie Marfleet who had seen the signage working in Switzerland and thought it would help in North Walsham.

The distinctive signs, which show two children asking motirists to cut their speed, have been introduced along both roads with pleas for 20mph limits. Norfolk County Council has also stepped in by painting lamp posts along the road orange to make them stand out so motorists can avoid clipping them as they pass.

Bernie said: “We want children to be able to walk and cycle safely to school and visit friends and playgrounds and that  parents can let them do this without fear and worry.”

The campaign has seen the support locally from haulage companies and from local printer North Walsham Signs.

The aim now is to create a path into the town and a meeting of councillors and the police is to be held in early October with Norfolk County Council Highways officers to discuss this and a list of other actions proposed to calm the traffic.

County councillor Eric Seward, who was there this morning, said: “Aylsham Rd in the town is a relatively narrow residential street that should not be a main lorry route due to it containing the only railway bridge that heavy lorries can access. The long-term solution is a new link road from Norwich Rd to the Lyngate industrial estate to remove heavy lorries from the town’s residential streets.

“I therefore welcome the county council’s recent announcement that North Walsham will be in the first batch of market towns for a study to look at the transport implications of housing and economic growth in the town. This ought to provide the evidence for public funding to support a new link road on the western side of the town where any new housing is likely to be located. In the meantime the safety of residents and pedestrians in Aylsham Road needs to be improved. The meeting in early October is an important step forward in helping to bring this about.”

Road Safety set to be top priority at PCC-led meeting in Aylsham

Members of the public will be able to see first-hand the inner workings of a police speed van during a special Q and A session with Norfolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) and Chief Constable tomorrow.

PCC Lorne Green will be taking his regular Police Accountability Forum meeting on the road to Broadland and area residents are invited to attend.

The meeting is scheduled for 5pm tomorrow (Tuesday 12 September) at Aylsham Town Hall, Market Place, Aylsham, NR11 6EL. The meeting will be followed by a public question and answer session at 7pm.

Road safety will be a key aspect of the meeting and Lorne has invited members of Community Speed Watch (CSW) and Community Enforcement Officers from Norfolk Constabulary to explain their roles and demonstrate their speed enforcement equipment – including the van.

The meeting will hear there currently are 758 CSW volunteers in the county – an increase of nearly 15% on last year.

“Road safety is a big concern for many of Norfolk’s residents, with excessive speed being one of the Fatal 4 factors which put our road users at risk, which is why I have invested in a number of schemes to tackle speeding on our county’s roads,” said Lorne. “Enforcement of the law, alongside sustained education and awareness, will help keep our county’s roads safer for all who use them, and speed cameras have an important role to play in that. This is an ideal opportunity for members of the community to see first-hand how our committed speeding enforcement teams operate throughout the county.”

The meeting will come just a week after Lorne chaired a special meeting in Cromer dedicated to the police response to recent events in the town and surrounding area.

More than 100 people attended the event and, at the Aylsham meeting, Lorne will be asking Chief Constable Simon Bailey for an update on the review of policing in the Cromer area over the weekend of August 18-20.

Other matters to be discussed will include policing performance in the district and an update on rural crime including the introduction of 24 members of the Special Constabulary to the Constabulary’s Rural Crime Force.

The meeting will then be followed by an opportunity for people to put their policing and crime questions to the PCC and Chief Constable.

Lorne added: “This will be the sixth time we have taken our meetings on tour. We’ve had an excellent cross-section of the community in Dereham, Great Yarmouth, King’s Lynn, Norwich and Cromer and we will be heading to south Norfolk in November. All kinds of questions have been put to the Chief Constable and me on issues which clearly matter to local people.

“When I became Police and Crime Commissioner my pledge was to be visible, accessible and accountable and that is exactly what I continue to be. I look forward to speaking with a good number of people at the meeting in Aylsham next week.”

Free child seats checks

Norfolk County Council’s road safety team and crews from Norfolk Fire & Rescue Service are once again taking to the road during the school holidays to host more than a dozen free child car seat checks across the county.

More Norfolk children are killed or seriously injured whilst in a car than they are as a pedestrian or cyclist. One in three child car seats are incorrectly fitted in Norfolk but almost all of these can be fixed immediately.

Child car seats are a legal requirement in the UK and make children far less likely to be seriously hurt in a collision. But they must be correctly fitted and adjusted to offer maximum protection, and it is easy to get it wrong. The events are running until August 16, 10am until 2pm at the locations listed below.  Families are invited to come along to get their child seats checked and to ask our team of experts about any aspect of road safety.
The county council’s road safety experts are also using the 18 free child seat safety checks to encourage parents to keep children rear facing in the car for much longer than families traditionally do in this country.
Scandinavian countries routinely keep their children in a rear facing seat until they are four or five years old. Research proves this is five times safer than the UK approach of putting a child in a forward facing seat at around nine months old.
Iain Temperton, the county council’s road safety manager, said: “I would urge anybody carrying young people to visit one of our events. It will only take five minutes but that will be time well spent if it improves the safety of the next generation of road users.”
Alistair Steele, consultant anaesthetist at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, King’s Lynn said: “During my time as an air ambulance doctor and as a trauma doctor I have seen too many children severely injured from car accidents. In addition to the messages about driving safely we really want to help parents and carers get the right advice about child safety in cars, and there is a confusing array of restraints and booster systems available.
“The best thing to do is to take advice from a professional car seat fitter to ensure you’ve not only chosen a safe seat but also it is installed correctly.”
Child seat safety check events are taking place in the following locations from 10am until 2pm:Mon 24 July  Norwich – Tesco Harford Bridge
Tue 25 July  North Walsham – Sainsburys
Wed 26 July Sheringham – Tesco
Thu 27 July Aylsham – Tesco
Fri 28 July  Stalham- Tesco
Sat 29 July Holt – Budgens
Mon 31 July Norwich – Longwater Sainsburys
Tue 1 Aug Wymondham – Waitrose
Wed 2 Aug  Thetford – Sainsburys
Thu 3 Aug Diss – Morrisons
Fri 4 Aug Great Yarmouth – Asda
Mon 7 Aug Dereham – Tesco
Tue 8 Aug Downham Market – Tesco (2pm-6pm)
Wed 9 Aug Kings Lynn – Sainsburys
Thu 10 Aug Fakenham – Tesco
Fri 11 Aug Swaffham – Tesco
Tue 15 Aug Norwich – Sprowston Tesco
Wed 16 Aug Norwich – Hall Road Asda

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Work starts March 6 on new Felbrigg roundaabout

Work is set to start on Monday, March 6, on a long-campaigned-for improvement at the junction of the A148 and B1436 at Felbrigg near Cromer.

This follows the announcement in June 2016 that the funding had been secured from a number of partners for the new £619,000 roundabout.

To allow the scheme to go ahead Hilary Cox, local county councillor for Cromer, worked to secure pledges of money from Norfolk County Council, the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), North Norfolk District Council, Cromer Town Council, local parish councils of Roughton, Runton and Felbrigg, and developers and local businesses.

The work is expected to take 12 weeks to complete so the new roundabout should be in place by the end of May.

She said: “It’s so gratifying, after so many years of effort, to see this scheme about to start and backed by such a wide range of community supporters. The new roundabout means the junction will be much easier to negotiate, safer, and encourage vehicles that do not need to stop in Cromer to bypass it and cut congestion in the town.

“I’m looking forward to seeing the roundabout ready not only for all the local residents and businesses but also all the people who come to enjoy this lovely part of the world during the busy summer season.”

Martin Wilby, chairman of the Norfolk County Council’s environment, transport and development committee said: “This is a great example of a community coming together to deliver a local priority. This new roundabout will benefit local people and visitors alike.

“We try to minimise disruption during roadworks but know that delays are likely while the work is under way so we thank people for their patience while this much called for local scheme is built.

“It’s the first time we’ve seen a scheme made possible through partners’ contributions. This could well point the way forward for other requests for larger schemes which don’t meet the criteria for the county council to fund alone but which could be made possible if enough partners can chip in.”

During the majority of the work both the A148 and the B1436 will remain open however delays are likely as traffic will be controlled by temporary traffic lights so motorists are advised to leave extra time for their journeys.A temporary closure of the route will be required when the new roundabout is being surfaced.

Sue Arnold, North Norfolk District Council ward member for Felbrigg and chairman of the Steps to Safety Campaign said: “North Norfolk District Council is pleased to have been able to contribute nearly £30,000 to this project that will improve safety on the roads for our residents while cutting congestion and making visiting our beautiful area better for tourists.

“To get to this point after so many years is terrific, and it has taken hard work and strong support from many sides. I would especially like to thank the dedication and financial contribution made by local parish councils that have given at a level out of proportion to their relatively small size.”