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20 mph Limits Given the Thumbs Down

Given the recent correspondence between the Parish Council and DCC, it is interesting to see this statement issued by DCC today:

Derbyshire County Council puts the brakes on 20mph speed limits

Plans to trial 20mph zones in three places in Derbyshire will not now go ahead because they are not considered the most effective way to reduce road speed. In 2016 it was proposed to pilot 20mph speed limits – reduced from 30mph – in Brassington, Fritchley and Ilkeston.

These pilots would have followed on from a trial in Padfield, in the High Peak, where the 20mph zone was marked by road signs only. Data from the trial in Padfield, which ran from 2015 to 2018, showed that on average, motorists travelled only 1mph slower than before the signs were put up.

Councillor Simon Spencer, Derbyshire County Council Cabinet Member for Highways, Transport and Infrastructure, said:

“The point of reducing speed limits is to reduce road speeds so that we reduce casualties. Findings from the trial in Padfield show that average speeds only reduced by 1mph, and in fact the number of collisions increased.

“These results were broadly similar to other national trials, which is that just putting up 20mph signs do not make a significant difference to how fast people drive on the road.

“We have to use our limited resources where they are going to have the most effect, which means that we won’t now be introducing 20mph signed zones in the three areas, Brassington, Fritchley and Ilkeston.

“There’s also no evidence from the Padfield trial that lower speed limits encourage wider health benefits.”

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Further to the recent correspondence which the Parish Council has had with the Traffic and Road Safety Service of Derbyshire County Council you may wish to read their latest response. It’s not at all supportive of the wishes of the village as expressed by our Parish Council. It’s quite a long response when really they could have just said no we don’t want to spend any money on you (how much do a few signs with 20 painted on them cost?, or false road narrowing gates at the entrance to the village like Brassingon?)

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Police Closed Road out of Parwich

Thank you Louise B for messaging us that the Police have closed the road out of the village from Nethergreen in the direction of Ballidon. It is thought this is due to a fallen power line. We will try and update as soon as possible, but please everyone add a comment if you have any thing new.

update 1.15pm Road is passable with care. See Fiona’s comment below.

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A515 Road Closure

Advanced warning of road closure affecting the A515 between Ashbourne and Newhaven from 25th February 2019 to 1st March 2019 21:00 to 06:00 each night for maintenance work.

The official diversion is through Cromford but remains to be seen how many find there way round the country lanes and through the villages.

Official notice can be found here.

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Mouldridge Lane Closure

Mouldridge Lane in Pikehall will be closed for roadworks at the end of February

See details here

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Bradbourne Hill Closure

Just a reminder about Bradbourne hill being closed from 7th – 9th January. Details can be found here

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Alsop Road Closure

The DCC website shows that Alsop Road is closed due to a new electrical installation taking place at Parwich Lees. Closure possible until 8 January. You can read the full order here

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