Updated 16 April 2021.
Proposed ECC Scheme for the Crossroads
In the March Parish Council Meeting (via Zoom), the ECC Highways design (that the PC is paying for!) for the crossroads was shown via a shared screen – the wonders of technology!!
Key elements of the proposed scheme:
- Speed cushions on all four approaches to the crossroads.
- Repositioning of some of the existing road markings.
- Additional lighting on the Bury (opposite St Osyth Butchers).
- The installation of 6” kerb stones outside and down from St Osyth Butchers.
- The removal of an existing parking space in Clacton Road (to accommodate one of the cushions).
- The possible installation of bollards in Spring Road opposite the Premier Store.
ECC have ruled ruled out many other suggestions such as traffic lights, raised platforms, priority changes, etc. for practicality, legal and technical reasons.
While the councillors saw much to commend in the scheme, concern was expressed though at the omission of any form of pedestrian safety in the vicinity of The Hoy. The Feasibility Study had carefully considered how this might be achieved and the PC have requested that it is revisited with some urgency. The PC made it clear in 2019 that pedestrian safety was also a key issue.
The final design and scheme will go to Public Consultation, so residents will be able to see what is proposed and make comments.
There is a lot happening with the Crossroads and we have created this item to keep Residents informed of developments.
Most of this information is from the Chairman’s Report, but we will add extra items as they come in. This will include accident reports.
Firstly, some clarifications about who is responsible to avoid any confusion. Primary responsibility for public roads lies with Essex County Council Highways. The Parish Council, however, provides input to ECC about the requirements of residents. Tendring District Council is not involved with the Crossroads directly.
The local Highways panel for the Tendring District met on 18th March. It is this body of ECC Councillors and Essex Highways staff who meet and decide the funding for future highway projects for 2021/22 and our crossroads scheme is on the agenda. If you remember, the Parish Council paid for a Feasibility Study to be carried out a year ago looking for solutions to support both pedestrian and driver safety at the Crossroads. Several possibilities came from this. The Parish Council then worked with Essex Highways to consider a design integrating them . To ensure the design was progressed, the Parish Council contributed £10,000 to ensure that the design phase of the crossroads was completed in preparation for the March 2021 meeting. Hopefully it will meet with a very favourable response and we know it will be fully supported by our County Councillor Alan Goggin who has worked with the Parish Council throughout.
22nd March 2021: Success. There is now funding for the Crossroads! Wonderful!