Letters: Michael Smith, April 19, 2016

New 30mph speed sign leaving Pinchbeck towards Spalding.
Could see no other speed signs between Pinchbeck and Spalding ANL-150115-134606001
New 30mph speed sign leaving Pinchbeck towards Spalding. Could see no other speed signs between Pinchbeck and Spalding ANL-150115-134606001
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Several weeks ago you published a letter from me re: the discrepancy of the speed limits between the villages of Dersingham and Snettisham and Brancaster Staithe.

One being 30mph on a largely open stretch of road and the latter through a completely built-up and congested area where the limit is 40mph.

The following is an extract from the reply I have now received from West Norfolk Highways Agency.

Their criteria for 30mph is that a settlement has a clearly defined core; almost continuous frontage development exceeding 400m in length; significant development in depth; numerous junctions; significant pedestrian activity throughout the day with provision of footways and or crossings. Brancaster does not have a village green, but it does have an extremely busy traffic-laden harbour throughout the year.

It has a shopping complex containing a very busy filling station, hostel, village hall, supermarket and restaurant, plus several shops; two very popular public houses; is completely built-up on either side throughout its entire length with little or no off road parking spaces; there are numerous junctions throughout the village. In the summer months it is packed with visitors with no pedestrian designated crossings throughout its entire length. Brancaster more than fulfils all the above 30mph requirements.

I am informed by the highways department that Brancaster Parish Council has already asked for a speed reduction to 30mph, it appears, to no avail.

One excuse offered by the highways department is a lack of funding.

What does it cost to unscrew and replace a reusable sign at each end of the village?

Michael Smith, Old Hall Drive, Dersingham