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The Highways department have started to put up posts needed for the Quiet Lanes signage. When we have received the plates they will be fixed on to the posts.
It is interesting to note that the recent changes to the Highway Code now require motorised vehicles to give way to pedestrians, bicycles and horse riders.
During development of Laxfield’s Neighbourhood Plan last year many villagers identified road safety as a priority for the village. Laxfield Parish Council is now exploring opportunities to designate certain rural lanes in the village as “Quiet Lanes” as part of a county-wide project. We feel that this would be of real benefit to the village and those who visit.
A Quiet Lane is a nationally recognised designation of single track road typically with less than 1,000 vehicles using it per day. These roads are used by a variety of people, animals, and transport, but expect respect and consideration to be shown to each others rights of use. These types of lanes do not impose traffic restrictions and are not enforced. Advisory signs (like the one shown right) are placed at either end of a Quiet Lane to show motorised users clearly that the road is a shared space. The lanes being considered are already used by walkers, cyclists and horse riders and link with existing footpaths and bridleways in the village.
This Quiet Lanes initiative has been promoted within Suffolk since 2014 and the County Council has allocated £235K from its Suffolk 2020 Fund to promote the establishment of Quiet Lanes. All Parishes have been invited to submit proposals for designation based on popularity and frequency of use by non-motorised vehicles. These include walkers, cyclists and horse riders; all of which have rights under law to use the public highway.
We are proposing 3 routes in our village (see map right):
All Quiet Lane routes will be identified by discreet signage using existing sign posts wherever possible. These works are all subject to prior approval and vetting by the Highway Authority and will have regulatory status, but no legally enforceable speed limits other than existing national limits.
With the current limited nature of parish council public meetings this web page seeks to inform you as the first stage of a full public consultation process. If you wish to make any comments about these proposals at this initial stage, we would welcome these in writing either by email to the Parish Council Clerk Karen Gregory – click here to email Laxfield Parish Clerk, or by post to:
Laxfield Parish Clerk
Hill Farm Barn
As part of the formal public consultation process there will be an opportunity to discuss these proposals at an Open Forum that will be held remotely via Zoom at 7pm on 12 April 2021. If you would like to participate in the Open Forum please email the Parish Council Clerk requesting a Zoom invitation Click here to email Laxfield Parish Clerk .
For more info click here to go to the Quiet Lanes website
To request a Zoom invitation: Click here to email Laxfield Parish Clerk