Saturday, 14 March 2015

Quiet Lanes plan to protect countryside . . .


Quiet Lanes plan to protect countryside

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Quiet Lanes plan to protect countryside
A NEW initiative aimed at making country lanes safer and calmer is being adopted by Essex County Council.

Although cars would not be banned, Quiet Lanes will encourage traffic to drive more carefully.

The council will ask Essex’s 12 local highways panels to identify two roads each to be considered as Quiet Lanes.

They would continue to get a basic level of maintenance, but the route’s status change would help calm the traffic.

HGVs would be banned and a 20mph limit would come in.

Paul Avison, vice-chairman of Colchester Cycling Campaign, welcomed the news, adding: “If it keeps traffic away from an area which is already popular for dog walkers and cyclists, it can only be a good thing.”

Councillor Theresa Higgins, who is a member of Colchester’s local highways panel and a keen cyclist, said: “I think it is a good idea.

“It is a shame they can’t choose streets in urban areas as well.

“We are slowly going through the process of getting 20mph zones in those areas.”

Rodney Bass, councillor responsible for highways and transportation at Essex County Council, said: “Essex is one of the most beautiful counties in the UK, but it has become increasingly urbanised.

“It is important we appreciate and sustain our rural heritage, which is why I have agreed to the Quiet Lanes initiative.

“On Essex Quiet Lanes, we should be able to enjoy a relaxing stroll, cycle or ride in idyllic countryside without having to dodge traffic.

“Quiet Lanes designation must not be seen as a method of controlling traffic through any town or village, as the routes selected will be clearly signed.

“I believe there is public support for this. We will work with the community to deliver this for the benefit of all who enjoy the countryside.”

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