13:28 Monday 20 January 2014

Traffic calming plans are revealed for village

Written byRICH GUTTRIDGE

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TRAFFIC calming measures are to be installed in an East Staffordshire village in a bid to create a safer environment for pedestrians.

Councillors in Barton under Needwood have revealed plans for a shared space scheme in the centre of the village which they hope will bring an end to its traffic problems.

A public consultation will be held at the village’s John Taylor High School next month, where people can have their say on plans and raise any concerns about the scheme, dubbed ‘Better Barton’, which will aim to slow down and reduce the amount of traffic in Station Road and Main Street.

Chiefs have enlisted the services of urban design firm Node, which has transformed town centres across the Midlands.

Shared space schemes have been implemented in various parts of the country and typically see a town or village centre become more pedestrianised, with kerbs and road markings often removed.

Details about what measures could be installed have yet to be revealed, but councillors said they hoped the plans would not include bollards or road humps.

Siobhan Rumsby, clerk at Barton under Needwood Parish Council, said: “We have had a lot of traffic problems in the village and have been working with Node to come up with landscaping ideas such as changes to road surfacing to make traffic more cautious as it approaches the village.

“We have seen what has happened in other towns that have done it.”

Bosses have been attempting to find a solution to its traffic woes for years, while they have also taken into consideration a 130-home development off Efflinch Lane, on which work is expected to start in the spring.

Mrs Rumsby said: “We have been looking at it for a while, with new housing developments proposed we have been looking at ways of making the traffic situation better. We want to make traffic aware that it is a very busy centre.”

The plans will be displayed at two public workshops at the John Taylor High School on February 1, at 10am and 2pm.

To book a place email Betterbarton@gmail.com or call the parish council on 01283 716059.

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