08:00 Monday 10 February 2014

Villagers turn out to have say on traffic calming plan

Written byRICH GUTTRIDGE

MORE than 100 people packed into a secondary school to have their say on plans to introduce traffic calming measures in the centre of a village near Burton.

Plans for a shared space scheme in Barton under Needwood were revealed last month in a bid to bring an end to its traffic problems.

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

Residents were invited to John Taylor High School to find out more about the proposals and raise any queries or concerns, with the response said to have been generally positive with many agreeing that traffic, parking and narrow pavements needed to be addressed.

Graham Hughes, chairman of Barton Parish Council, said: “Barton is a proud village with a great history and the parish council wanted to invite the village to tell us how they would like to make it an even better and safer place to live. We don’t want ideas imposed from outside – we want the village to lead the way.”

Nigel Wakefield, managing director of urban design firm Node, added: “The response from the village has been fantastic and our challenge now is to take account of all their views and produce plans which everyone will have a chance to see and comment on.”

Detailed plans are due to be displayed at Barton Village Hall, in Crowberry Lane, on March 15.

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