Saturday, September 28, 2019
Friday, September 27, 2019
Following a meeting I attended with the other Ward Councillors, EYRC Highways Department and Highways England I report herewith:
East Riding Highways and Highways England representatives have for some time thought the Welton/Brough interchange is not the required standard and are currently working behind the scenes on several options.
These may include:
Advanced warning and/or queuing signs on the A63
Improved signage off the A63
Clearing more vegetation prior to the junction
Feasibility studies are currently going on, but I understand that Highways England’s 5-year budgets are coming to an end soon and they are lining up the cost of A63 improvements for the next period. So, we can’t expect anything to happen this year but at least we on the radar.
These are in addition to larger scale plan to construct a roundabout to the South of the junction that should cure a multitude of traffic issues. And of course, this need to be in place before much more houses are completed on the Brough South Development.
It was previously revealed by Horncastle’s, the developers of Brough South, that they had obtained special funding from Homes England so they could bring the construction of the roundabout forward and they are now saying completion is expected by end of next year, which is good news.
More short-term, the Council have been optimising the Traffic Lights at the Welton/Brough junction over the Summer with priority given to clearing the A63 West Bound.
This could result in backing up on Welton Road when heading North out of Brough at peak times but at least they are trying to reduce the high-risk potential collisions on the A63. So, a little patience here is required for now but at least you will know that someone is less likely to be involved in an accident on the West Bound Exit.
In the meantime, please still report any dangerous queuing off the A63 on this forum or directly to me, so we can keep the Council Officers up to date. I imagine the traffic light tweaking will have its limits so we must continue to keep the Council informed.
It has been noted that without the public support and campaigning by Amanda & Kevin Goode and myself through my election newsletter in May, it is apparent these issues would have slipped off the priority list. So, let’s all keep making a noise to get the improvements we need to meet the demands of in our vastly expanding community.
Brough Crossroads is also on the Council’s radar. Further optimisation of the traffic lights was discussed, and they will be looking into adding improved motion technology that will automatically detect which road has more queuing than another and will switch the priorities.
Brough Station Parking Issues. The practice of some car owners leaving their cars for sometimes weeks on some residential streets in Brough, instead of using the station car park has been going on far too long. This issue is also on the Council radar and is getting closer to being actioned.
Horncastle’s had previously pencilled in a transport interchange when they submitted outline plans some years ago. Times have changed and the usage of buses to this site area, since the reduction in employees at Bae has rendered this idea no longer viable. Therefore, the Council is looking to use this land as an additional car park for station users. The big issue is parking charges at the station and whether this car park be free or will have more competitive charging has yet to be decided.
However, the creation of parking permits and schemes or restrictions in Brough is frankly low on the Councils priority list at present due to a long ‘to do’ list across the County. People have asked for their particular street to be looked at. However, the Council say that the policy is to have wider restriction view across a number of streets, so the problem doesn’t shift elsewhere. Also, over 60% of the residents surveyed have to agree to a type of permit or parking restriction, so it’s not quite so simple as it seem.
If you have any view or comments on anything in my report, please do contact me.
Tuesday, September 10, 2019
Good evening everyone, the Brough South Liaison Meeting went ahead last night. There was one other resident present but unrelated to our road safety concerns.
- 1. Update on traffic calming measures on the A63- no news apart from there is a meeting about this (non public) on 25th September to which our local ward councillors are invited to.
- The proposed roundabout at the main Brough lights at the A63 plans have recently being measured out (recently witnessed by many). This development in light of voiced problems has been brought forward and should commence Summer 2020. Of course it has been stressed several times that for this work to happen we need traffic calming measures in place BEFORE work starts (concerns reiterated by Cllr. Meredith). There is also, as we were aware, a second traffic counting exercise taking place within the next week. This is to ascertain whether the roundabout will meet the traffic demands of the South Brough development. It is up to ERYC to use this data for all future developments. This was not discussed at this meeting.
- 2. Recent query raised about the additional houses proposed near to the planned roundabout. The housing plans for this was in an original 'Local Plan' but no planning applications have been made for this (so get your individual objections in writing ready). The full local plan update apparently will be available for public view next year.
- 3. We need to provide evidence of traffic queuing linked to names/email addresses of residents. We are looking into adapting the traffic incident reporting tool as to whether with a GPDR disclosure we can go forward taking names. Names count more than anon data. Frustrating I know. We still have very good data that highlights the problem. Direct letters/emails can be used and sent to Councillors Gill and Meredith and local Town Councillor Sue Duckles. This provides leverage for negotiation.
- 4. The link road from Skillings Lane to Moor Rd - work to commence this late Autumn as planned and already agreed. This is non changeable.
- No news about Moor Rd to Melton Interchange ''relief' road suggestions. This meeting was not about this.
- 5. Our campaign group has certainly instigated action and review. This was highlighted and reinforced by the Chair Cllr. Meredith. It was previously NOT appreciated that there IS so much concern for the problems with over developing Brough and the knock on effects to the local villages. Without the campaign and petition ALL THIS would not be happening and being discussed. So thank you for ALL your support and great contributions.