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					NORTH YORKSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL

CRAVEN AREA COMMITTEE

8 NOVEMBER 2001


PROPOSED SPEED LIMIT - NEWBY
(ELECTORAL DIVISION – NORTH CRAVEN


1.0     PURPOSE OF REPORT

1.1     The purpose of this report is to inform Members of objections that have been received
        to a proposal to introduce a 30 mph speed limit in Newby and to recommend an
        appropriate course of action.


2.0     BACKGROUND

2.1     In accordance with normal practice, consultations on, and the public advertisement of,
        a proposal to introduce a 30 mph speed limit in the village of Newby have been
        carried out. Objections have been received.

        The proposal is No. A3.596 on the Area 3 Traffic Management Priority System. A
        plan is attached (Plan No. 1).

2.2     Newby is a small rural village set around a main street approximately 400 metres
        long. There is a village green, on which children play, along one side of the road for
        much of the length of the village.

2.3     Speed surveys have been taken at both entrances into the village centre. A summary
        of the result is set out below.

                               Western end of Village   Centre of Village   Eastern end of Village
                                        (A)                    (B)                   (C)
         Eastbound Traffic            29 mph                20 mph                 20 mph
         Westbound Traffic            29 mph                19 mph                 19 mph



3.0     CONSULTATION & ADVERTISEMENT OF PROPOSED 30 MPH SPEED LIMIT

3.1    The Parish Council have asked for the proposed speed limit shown on Plan No. 1 to
       be extended to include the bend at the western end of the village. Your officers agree
       with this request and this amendment is shown on Plan No. 2 attached.

3.2    The Parish Council have also asked for a 20 mph, rather than 30 mph speed limit, to
       be introduced.




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3.3    3 letters of objection have also been received from Mr. P. W. Buckley,
       Dr. David Walton & Prof. P. Heelas all residents of the village. They are all asking
       for a 20 mph speed limit or less and express concern for the safety of children playing
       on the village green.


4.0     ISSUES FOR CONSIDERATION


4.1    Members will be aware that the current legal minimum level for a speed limit is
       20 mph.

4.2    The current County Council policy for 20 mph speed limits, a copy of which is
       attached (Appendix A), states that a 20 mph speed limit may be introduced by signs
       only, i.e. without the provision of traffic calming, where the observed 85 percentile
       speed at the mid point of the length of road under consideration is 24 mph or less.
       This is clearly the case in Newby, as seen from the table in paragraph 2.3 above.

4.3     North Yorkshire Police have always requested that in addition to the criteria contained
        within the policy the following points be considered before pursuing a 20 mph speed
        limit:-

       i.       A 20 mph speed limit should not be introduced at the entrance to a village or
                length of road where the adjoining speed limit is 60 mph (de-restricted).
       ii.      The length of road subject to 20 mph and the lead in speed limit of either 40
                mph or 30 mph should be a sufficient distance to permit effective enforcement
                to be carried out, if this becomes necessary.

4.4     These two points have been considered in relation to the request for a 20 mph speed
        limit in Newby. Your officers agree wherever practicable buffer zones should be
        provided to complement 20 mph speed limits. This unfortunately cannot be achieved
        in Newby. This is because the village is only approximately 400 metres long. The
        area covered by the village green, which needs the protection of the 20 mph limit
        covers much of this length and approximates to the practical minimum length for a
        speed limit. The road immediately outside this length is rural and would not support a
        30 mph limit.

4.5     Transitional 30 mph buffer zones are usually needed because it would be
        unreasonable to expect drivers to decelerate immediately from speeds in the region of
        60 mph (the national speed limit) to 20 mph without going through a transitional 30
        mph. However, in the case of Newby, the approach speeds of traffic entering the
        village are constrained by the layout of the road and are already low (less than 29 mph
        at the western end of the village and 19 mph at the eastern end of the village). I do
        feel, therefore, that possibly in this instance, the need for a 30 mph buffer zone could
        be dispensed with.

4.6     I have consulted with the Police who object to the proposal for a 20 mph speed limit
        on the grounds that it is not intended to provide buffer zones. I have not had the
        opportunity to discuss the Police concerns with them and will do so prior to your
        meeting.

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5.0     OTHER ISSUES

5.1     One of the objectors asked for speed control humps to be installed and for safety
        signing.

5.2     As measured 85 percentile traffic speeds in the centre of the village are less than
        20 mph already, speed humps would not be necessary for the introduction of either a
        30 mph or a 20 mph speed limit. However, it is intended to provide “gateway”
        signing with appropriate road safety messages at the terminal points of the proposed
        speed limit.


6.0     CONCLUSION

6.1     The options available are:

        i.      Implement a 30 mph limit.

        ii.     Consult and advertise on a 20 mph limit.

6.2     I will advise members at your meeting of the recommended way forward following
        discussion with the Police regarding their concerns about implementing a 20 mph
        limit.


7.0     RECOMMENDATIONS

7.1     Members will be advised of a recommendation on the way forward at your meeting.

M O MOORE
Director of Environmental Services



Background Papers         :   None



Author of Report:    W Isherwood
Presenter of Report: W Isherwood




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