Traffic Issues

This page will update members on Traffic Issues in the Village such as Speeding and Volumes.

Please see correspondence below on the proposed 20 mph roll out over West Cheshire and Chester Council:

The Chief Executive
Cheshire West and Chester Council
4th Floor
58 Nicholas Street
Chester CH1 2NP                                                                                    7th February 2016
Dear Mr. Robinson,
The Councilís 20mph Policy
Following the decision taken by the Cabinet at its meeting on 6th January and the publicity which it has since received, the Association has received a number of enquiries regarding the application or otherwise of the above Policy to Burton.  Concern has also been expressed about the proposal not to seek the views of  local residents.
From what was said at the meeting and having regard to the Speed Assessment Report of 27th January 2015 on Burton Village by the Councilís Road Safety Engineer which was endorsed by the Police, I have taken the view that the Policy does not apply to Burton. However, before responding to the enquiries mentioned above, I should be very grateful for clarification of the Policy and confirmation of whether or not it applies to Burton.
Yours sincerely
Michael Redmond

Cheshire West and Chester CEO's reply 17.2.16:

Dear Mr Redmond,

The Councilís 20mph Policy

Thank for your letter of 7 February 2016 in relation to a 20mph speed limit in the village of Burton. I understand you are aware of the Councilís decision taken on 6 January 2016 to implement 20 mph speed limits across the borough within residential areas and around schools. The decision was called-in and debated at Overview and Scrutiny committee on 9 February 2016 where it was approved.

I would like to explain in more detail the revision in the Councilís policy in setting 20mph speed limits and hopefully this can assist you as the Chairman of the Burton Residents Association in answering the views of the local residents. The specific changes in the policy was to approve the implementation of 20 limits on residential roads across the borough where the mean speeds on most roads are currently less than 24mph and around schools where the mean speed is currently less than 30mph. A sum of £200,000 per year for four years will be allocated to fund this initiative and over the next 12 months the Council will prepare and develop a programme and prioritise which areas meet the revised policy. It is important to note that the Council will no longer require the community to put forward proposals of where they would like to see 20mph schemes implemented.

One of the key decisions is that the Council will no longer require every household within an area where a 20mph scheme is proposed to receive an individual letter asking for their support and provide evidence of this support of more than 50%. We will of course undertake the Statutory Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) process that involves consulting with Emergency Services/Ward Members/Parish Councilís/Bus Operators/Road Haulage, etc. In addition to this we will be sending letters to affected residents explaining a summary of the scheme and how to object via the TRO process, if they so desire. In terms of previous speed limit assessments undertaken within Burton village, it would be unreasonable for us to pre-empt any decision now on the outcome for a 20 mph limit in Burton.

We will be assessing all areas in the borough and will continue to work closely with Cheshire Police throughout the process to ensure we form a robust and consistent approach. Unfortunately, I am unable at this stage to tell you when we will be assessing the area of Burton village as we are currently developing a programme of areas to assess and implement in the first year. In the meantime, I hope I have been able to provide you with more detail in relation to the revised changes in policy on 20mph speed limits.

Yours sincerely

Steve Robinson

Chief Executive

Below is the meeting minutes taken by CWaC Officers at the Burton Community Forum meeting held on 14th November 2012 at the Gladstone Village Hall.

Burton Community Forum held on the 14th November 2012 
                          Burton Traffic Issues

The table below highlights the key discussion points and themes raised at the meeting.


1. How is data collected?

From a black box which reacts on infra red beams, collects 24 hours of data over a period of 7 days. Copies of data which shows classification of vehicles and average speeds to be forwarded on request.

2. Trafic calming and speed limits in Burton?

The Council follows national guidance and best practice in implementing
trafic calming measures and setting of speed limits. New guidance on
reducing speed limits however is due to be published from Government
shortly. Traffic calming measures are prioritised to areas where KSI (killed
or seriously injured) figures are highest and where excessive speeding

has been identified. A number of measures have been put in place in
Burton to address trafic concerns. These measures are considered
proportional to the trafic problems. The new 40mph speed limit and
extension of the 30mph limit have been introduced on Neston Road.

3. A lot of HGV trafic in Burton?

Unfortunately Satellite navigation systems often direct drivers through short cuts/ alternative routes such as villages.

4. How much would it cost 
to change speed limits to 20mph?

To publish the change of speed order will cost around £2000. The costs of signage, engineering works etc will vary depending on the scheme but could amount to tens of £1000's. The Council has guidance and the decision is based on an economic assessment tool. Police guidelines on 20mph speed limit suggest this should not be set in isolation but seen as part of a package of wider interventions. Evidence of collisions and fatalities also need to be taken into account before reducing speed limits to 20mph are considered.  ACPO guidance does NOT support 20mph speed limits without physical measures where average speeds are over 24mph therefore at this time
20mph speed limit in Burton would not be supported by the Police.

5.  What is the cost of Speed bumps?

One individual speed cushion costs approximately £500 and where installed cushions are provided in pairs. A full width table costs

approximately £3000. Measures are not provided in isolation.

6.  Overgrown pathways and
pedestrian safety.

Warning signs "Pedestrians in Carriageway "can be provided.

In response to requests from residents for improved pedestrian safety,
measures taken so far include the renewal and resurfacing of the stretch
of footway between the two access points to Burton Manor which will be carried out in early December, the visibility problems at the Puddington lane junction with proposals to improve sightlines and the reduction to
the speed limit on Neston Road which is currently underway.  

7. What are the laws
relating to parking on road to slow traffic  down?

This is permitted as long as the parked car is not causing an obstruction
or a danger to other road users.

8.  Can the sign be changed at
the Rake from T junction to crossroads?

Yes the sign can be changed. It was highlighted that residents are
responsible for hedges obstructing signs growing from private property.

9. How long before the
village can have a camera?

National guidance highlights that evidence of excessive speeding and
serious collisions need to be demonstrated if this measure is to be

10.  How many people have
been prosecuted for speeding?

Community Speed watch does not enforce but educates. A high % of
people speeding have been identified as living in Burton and surrounding

11. Any plans for reducing
speed at Denhall and Station Road?

No, stays at as national speed limit.

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