ESCC's proposed solution - an extensive traffic management scheme
ESCC's plan, presented in May 2016
In May 2016, ESCC put forward two traffic light schemes to the village for consultation. The difference between the two was where the traffic lights at the southern end of the village should be placed. Under both options a minimum of eight traffic lights was proposed, placed at various points along the High Street and into the southern approach road - what is popularly known as 'the Narrows', or, as ESCC would have it, 'the bottle-neck'. After the consultation, it was option 1 that was then submitted to the Lead Member at his meeting in September 2016 - with nine traffic lights proposed!
To find out more about the consultation, and our reservations about it, click here.
Working out exactly what was proposed originally was difficult to do - the plans presented at the consultation were not exactly user-friendly. However, set out below is what was believed to be the impact of the full plan presented in May 2016.
Under the scheme, traffic coming into the village from the North, would come up North Street to pass through a set of traffic lights in the middle of the High Street - with two more traffic lights (secondary and confirmatory) being right outside the historic Star Inn. To stop traffic queuing into the market square (misnamed Waterloo Square by ESCC), and so impeding left turns from the market square into North Street, there would need to be a fairly large yellow box junction in North Street and the west side of the market square.
And the market cross area (called by ESCC the memorial island!) would become effectively a roundabout with associated signage. And a loading bay - presumably with accompanying lines, signs etc, would be situated outside the newsagent and a popular cafe where currently customers can sit outside and enjoy the unspoilt views of the High Street.
Once through the lights, traffic could turn right into Star Lane (to be made one-way at this point) to access the houses at the west side of the village, or could proceed through the village.
Coming from the South, from the coast, traffic would pass through a set of lights at Weavers Lane. or closer to the northern set of lights. If sited at Weavers Lane, two more traffic lights would be placed outside the wall of Wingrove House and further traffic lights (confirmatory lights) close to Somerset House and Moonrakers restaurant/cafe.
Click on the photos below to see before and after pictures (you may need to scroll down to see the 'after' pictures). Note the 'visual representations' ESCC provided as part of the consultation (traffic lights, build-outs and additional yellow lines) didn't show all the traffic lights proposed nor the cross-hatching and one-way traffic flow at the northern end of the village.