Traffic in West Alvington village
Congestion despair - and hope
Devon County Councillor R. Gilbert reported at a recent Parish Council meeting that the road through our village might soon be reclassified from being an A road to a B road and consequent signage changes made by Devon County. It is to be hoped that this measure could assist in eliminating the road from appearing on Sat Nav recommended routes and hence reducing non local traffic flows and the frequent congestion and delays which occur in the village. Sadly there have been delays at DCC but Cllr Gilbert is trying his best to get this moved on.
Speeding concerns and worries
D.C.Cllr R. Gilbert arranged for a speed survey to be conducted in late 2018 by Devon Highways. This in conjunction with Paul O'Dwyer Community Police Officer and West Alvington Traffic Action Group (WATAG) along with the Parish Council.
However DEVON COUNTY HIGHWAYS only look at average speed!!! The Parish Council feel this is a meaningless statistic for action in places where there are frequent stoppages (as in West Alvington) and have obtained details of the actual data. In spite of concern expressed by some as to the location of the survey, the result shows that, as reported in the Kingsbridge Gazette, there is worrying evidence of frequent and consistent speeding on the main road through our village.
West Alvington Traffic Action Group (WATAG) is exploring ways to try to assist with village traffic concerns. PCSO Paul O'Dwer has until recently been helping but is currently temporarily serving elsewhere.
WATAG - contact Peter Everitt at School Cottage or Andrew Pascoe at Horseman's Close.
At the June 2018 Parish Council meeting Rufus Gilbert complimented the school and everyone concerned in putting up the posters (see below). He commented on the effectiveness of the VAS (vehicle activated speed) signs in Malborough and other villages but explained that Devon County will not be providing these in West Alvington due to the absence of evidence acceptable to them of speeding. (see above) West Alvington PC is currently exploring whether they can obtain funding so they can get a sign for the village themselves.
Rufus Gilbert commented that there will be an opportunity for a fresh survey before long and suggested that next time the survey could be more effectively conducted at the westernmost end of the village near the 30 mph restriction so that the average speed results are not skewed by occasional long queues of waiting vehicles within our narrow village road system. This may perhaps result in more relevant average speed data.
West Alvington Academy Pupils drafted colourful speed posters in 2018 which the Parish Council paid to have enlarged and WATAG has displayed these in places where drivers will most readily see them. The hope is that they will help to make drivers think and thus moderate their speed.
Our children are thereby helping to send a vital safety message to all drivers in our village to observe the 30mph speed limit.
A big thank you to all at the School for assisting and especially the talented young artists.
Rowan's poster in position helping to remind drivers to slow down
Evie's 'Children Crossing' poster in position helping to slow down traffic
Adam's 'THINK' poster is ready to make drivers think about their speed
The children at the Academy who helped:
Gilly (for WAPC) with Adam - Kiya - Ruby - Evie - Rowan
The whole class who did posters for us. Many thanks to all. (Five were selected)
Photos of posters enlarged below unfortunately look a bit yellow. Sorry to all - that's due to our bad photographs and not the artists posters!
We hope to have a traffic item on our Agenda for monthly meetings so that traffic news and ideas for improvements can be aired and shared.