I have received good news from Cornwall Council’s highway engineers on my proposals for the reduction of speed limits on roads leading into Porthleven. I am very pleased to say the proposals to reduce the speed limits from 60 mph to 40 mph have been officially approved.
The two roads that will see this change is the Porthleven Road and the road leading to (and from) Stopgate. This work is set to be completed by March, which further good news. A further change is extending the 30 mph zone on Beacon Road.
On the 9th January 2013 large cracks were located in the carriageway along the A394 Helston to Penzance road at Little Antron. The cracking has been caused by subsidence, due to the partial collapse and large bulging within the highway retaining wall at this location.
As a result, an emergency lane closure was established to the westbound lane of the A394. The lane is likely to remain closed at this location for several months whilst CORMAC Solutions Ltd carry out further investigations followed by the implementation of an appropriate remedial solution.
This could result in more traffic coming through Porthleven, which could mean Fore Street being quite congested.
Road Collapsing on A394
I previously blogged about changes to the speed limits in Porthleven. This proposal is on the larger scale and if implemented will change the whole B3304 from Porthleven to Helston from 60mph to 40mph.
I am not sure everyone will be in agreement, but that is what a consultation is for. As even if it not met with widespread approval, I am sure some elements could be introduced like the reduction of speed leading up to Penrose corner and the hill down towards the boating lake. Then again, from experience of driving along this stretch of road, you would rarely get about 45mph; so this could not be that much of a change.
Anyway, as I said before, Please take part in the consultation, by going HERE and giving your views online, or send me those views via letter or email and I will make sure they get to the right place. The consultation runs from 8th November till 29th November.
A new speed limit is proposed to introduce a 40mph buffer zone on the northern side of Porthleven on the B3304 to the A394 Stopgate (currently 60) and to extend the 30mph speed limit on Beacon Road in Porthleven.
This is something I have been asking for a while, and I am very pleased Cornwall Council has set up a consultation to gather people’s views prior to any changes. It is a must that the speed limit along this stretch of road is reduced. It is a fast road, and there have been many accidents and at least one death that I know of on this road. I am supporting this change, and I hope the people of Porthleven will do too.
It is important people take part in the consultation, which can been accessed HERE. Or send me an email and I will pass on those views. The consultation runs from 8th November till 29th November.
And the extension to Beacon Rd
Back in November 2011, Cornwall Council’s Cabinet approved a revised set of charges for Traffic Management at community events (and other). This is the process someone who is organising an event has to go through if the event has some impact on a highway. Now, several months later, this proposals are out for public consultation which includes the town and parish Council’s.
The good news is a small street party on a residential street is remaining free. This is very welcomed as charging for these types of events will make it unaffordable to hold a simple street party. The real changes come for larger events. For instance, a Village Fete (< 5000) is currently free, but the proposal is to charge £130. A Town Carnival (< 5000) will see a charge of £260; currently being free. A large Agricultural Show will remain the same at £800. National events like Remembrance events will not be charged.
A big change to the system is signage. In many cases now, you can get the signage from the council for free. Now under these proposals signage will not be provided by the council. You will now have to source your own. However, for a town council, there is a proposals for Cornwall Council to give you a grant, or even fully fund a stock of signage. This then will be used by community groups, but held and maintained by the town council.
So what do you think of these new proposals? Want to make a comment? Well you can, by clicking HERE for the full consultation paper and how to submit your views. And HERE for the Consultation Form. You have until 31st October to respond.
It is accepted that as long as we have roads, they will need to be maintained and repaired. Sometimes this maintenance is time-consuming, frustrating and expensive. Council’s and some utility companies do send letters, but these are normally only sent to the affected areas. That means many people will not know of work being carried out until they find themselves diverted, or joining a traffic queue.
There is however a website that holds all the current and many proposed road works in the whole of the UK. This includes Cornwall Council’s work. I signed up today, and found the process simple and finished the process in a few minutes. You can opt-in to receive emails daily, weekly or fortnightly. You can also target a certain areas, roads, or distance from a postcode. Plans are being worked on to make this site more ‘smart-phone’ friendly which I think is a great idea.
Here is the link to this great website: http://www.roadworks.org/
The current state of Porthleven’s Fore Street has been highlighted by a few concerned residents. For anyone who knows Fore Street, the pavements along this stretch of road are almost a history lesson in their own right. They date anything between the turn of the 20th century right up to the 21st. Out of these concerns, I asked if Cornwall Council’s Highway Dept would meet me on site to discuss these concerns.
At the bottom of Fore Street, outside Boots, the pavement is quite badly damaged. The reason for this damage is because HGV’s park on the pavement which damage the slabs. It may seem obvious, but pavements are not designed for HGV’s to park on them. The Highways Officer has agreed to look into the costings of replacing these slabs, most probably with a more tarmac type of surface. The Officer has also agree it would be pointless to redo the pavement, then a HGV comes along and ruins it again. So, as an added measure, a couple of metal bollards will be installed to deter HGV’s along the pavement.
The pavement outside of Boots
The pavement outside of Boots is not the only concern that has been raised. The other stretch of pavement has a historical connection to Porthleven, and it is probably one of the earliest pavements in Porthleven that has survived. The cobbled part of the pavement has become very hazardous because it is so uneven, and when wet, it is very slippery. I have myself witnessed people slipping over on this stretch of pavement.
However, any change to this pavement could raise objections from within the community. I want to avoid that, but something has to happen to make this stretch of pavement safer. Therefore I have asked the Highways Dept to look at various options for this stretch of path. It was interesting that whilst we were having this site meeting people gave us their views as to what could be done. This ranged from covering over it, roughing it up, levelling it out, or doing nothing.
At the end of the day much will rest on how much each option will cost. If the argument is to make it safe, then it might have to be one of the cheaper options. The problem will be convincing this is the right option. I did learn today that this type of pavement was very common in Cornwall. The stones used as cobbles were in fact ships ballast.
The Cobbled part of Fore Street