Latest update on Westfield Road (1-4-21)

Please find below the extracts from the draft minutes (minutes do not record a full transcript of the discussions) of the parish council meeting held on 25-3-21 relating to Westfield Road. The full set of draft minutes will be published in due course once they are completed.

Please do continue to let us know your views about the intended Buckinghamshire Council solution, whether you are supportive of the decisions they have made (following the site visit by their road safety/highways/police team) or whether you have ongoing concerns. Whilst BC are not consulting with us on their proposals, we will continue to pass your feedback to them so that they are aware of the strength & perspectives of local opinion. You can comment via any of our social media channels or email parishclerk@pitstone.co.uk.

As BC are unable to move the signs from their current location until the lamp posts are installed we will concurrently continue to push them to get their stated proposed works undertaken as soon as possible.

See the notes below regarding mVAS monitoring of traffic at this location to help us get some comparative data.

  • Recap on Westfield Road speed change: TW/BC have indicated their intention to install 2 additional lighting columns on Westfield Road to extend the illumination approximately half-way towards the gate, to relocate the 30/60mph point to align with the new columns (approximately in line with the existing badger sign), install bigger (legal 30mph) signs with yellow background, paint a 30mph roundel in carriageway and paint dragon’s teeth in carriageway approaching the 30mph limit.   The village gates to remain in current position and BC yet to confirm if TW will be repainting.   Once installed BC will provide rubber strip vehicle monitoring across the carriageway.  If monitoring shows an ongoing issue with traffic speeds, BC Community Board will set up a dedicated sub-group to explore further potential measures if required.
  • BC have advised that the above lamp posts are now in stock and that orders have been placed for the works to be carried out however BC could not confirm implementation dates.
  • BC (on 1/3/21) and TW (on 25/3/21) approved the temporary positioning of an mVAS to capture data from the Warwick Road junction.   This location does not meet the criteria for a permanently approved mVAS location and therefore can only be utilised in the short term.  It was noted that it was not permissible to have 2 flashing mVAS on one road and it was also noted that the mVAS could not be positioned so that data was collected from outside the 30mph zone.
  • It was noted that the parish council has now obtained lamp post fixing brackets from Swarco (£38 + VAT) which will enable temporary location on a post, without the need for a fixed ground-screw socket (which would not be approved at this location).
  • It was RESOLVED to temporarily relocate the other village mVAS to Westfield Road to capture data from the Warwick Road junction.  Flash to be deactivated.  Existing Westfield Road mVAS to remain in current location.   This will enable a comparison of vehicle behaviour at the Warwick Road junction and that further along Westfield Road, plus enable a comparison of current vehicle behaviour at the junction vs that displayed once the Buckinghamshire Council measures are installed.
  • It was RESOLVED to collect an update of data from the existing Westfield Road mVAS and publish the report to the website.  Data can then be collected from both Westfield Road mVAS units for the same following period, and residents updated accordingly in due course.
  • Members of the public were granted permission to speak relating to this issue.  A resident asked if the mVAS could be placed to monitor outgoing traffic as well.  It was explained that the current reported problems were focused on incoming traffic speeds, so this needed to be the initial priority.
  • The resident advised that they had registered formal complaints with both Thames Valley Police and Buckinghamshire Council regarding their handling of the situation.
  • The resident advised that some residents had ongoing concerns that the 30mph signs were not being relocated back as far as the gate and they did not accept the solution being implemented by Buckinghamshire Council.  They expressed concern that if vehicles crossed into the 30mph zone whilst still travelling at 60mph there may be insufficient braking distance prior to the junction.  They want BC to illuminate out to the gate and relocate the 30mph to this location. The concerns were noted.  
  • PPC to continue to liaise with, and feed concerns through to BC.

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