We are fielding a lot of enquiries due to the winter weather so please find below some additional information.
Road clearance – Highways clear the main route through Northleach only. They do not do the side streets and most of these are usually cleared by the local snow plough operator as directed by Highways. Here is the link to the Glos Highways gritting routes map: www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/winter.
Gritting – Highways will grit the main route only when the weather conditions indicate icy conditions. Highways are responsible for the road network and during adverse winter weather Gloucestershire Highways’ resources are focused on keeping the strategic carriageway network running, with priority being given to bus routes, schools, and routes with emergency services such as hospitals, doctors, fire and ambulance. In addition the snow warden has spread grit (when available) on the priority areas. In addition residents are able to help themselves to grit from the bins across town. However grit has run low over the last week.
Locally – The Town Council try to assist by ordering salt stocks, checking on the grit bins and trying to refill them when empty if there is stock available. This week due to the severe conditions the grit stock ran out and we were not able to replenish till yesterday as Highways were also out of bagged stock. Please find a copy of our grit bin locations (please note there have been some new bins including ones at the bottom of Nostle, in the Churchyard as you come up from the Post Office and Meadow Lane). Please let us know if you have ideas for other bin locations and we will investigate. They have all been filled but most have run empty again. The snow warden is refilling them today but again salt stocks are low and they may not all be filled. Please continue to let us know if your local one is empty.
Gritting on pavements and footpaths – Highways will grit some of the footpaths if they have the resource. Please help yourself to grit if you want to use it on public land like roads and pavements. Please do NOT use it on your private drives as you can be prosecuted for that.
PARKING IN WEST END We are receiving complaints from Gloucestershire Highways that the gritting lorries can’t get through the Town when vehicles are parked on double yellow lines on both sides for the road between The Wheatsheaf Hotel and the Market Place. PLEASE can you help us to discourage drivers from parking in this area ?
NEW CLERK FOR THE TOWN COUNCIL Catriona Crompton will be replacing the current Clerk when she retires at the end of May. Catriona will begin a 3 months training period and handover in March.
IT’S THAT OLD PROBLEM AGAIN !! The Council has received so many complaints about dog mess that Members will be considering banning dogs completely from certain area of the Town. QUEEN’S JUBILLEE Are you interested in getting involved with organising an event to celebrate the Queen’s Jubillee? If so, please contact the Town Council Office. ADVANCE NOTICE Darren Isbell, Development Manager of Bromford Group will be attending the March Town Council meeting to talk about Bromford’s interests in Northleach.
The Annual Town Meeting this year will be held on Wednesday, 18 April at the Westwoods Centre. George Hudson of Farmington Trust will be speaking about the work of the Trust and the part it wishes to play in the future of Northleach. Further details will be available nearer to the time.
There have been many complaints about the timing and phasing of the lights which appear to be changing too quickly for drivers leaving the Town. These complaints were passed on to Gloucestershire Highways who have looked at the problem and made changes but some drivers are still concerned that they are being ‘stranded’ as the lights change.
Highways tell us that the lights on the A429 do not change to green until all vehicles are clear of the junction. The lights will only change to red when the road sensor picks up that there are no vehicles (within a certain time limit) but the lights will change sooner when there is only one vehicle, later if there are more. This will have the effect that some vehicles will appear stranded between the white line and the turning.
The number of cars being let through (east and west directions) on green is a separate issue. This will always vary as it is dependent on the flows on the main A429. The more traffic there is on the A429 the less time there will be for traffic emerging from the minor road. All times are sensor driven with the A429 taking priority. It may sound complicated but is all designed to keep traffic moving.
Gloucestershire Highways will be re-surfacing the area at the traffic roundabout on the A40 and all traffic will be routed through the Town.
NO PARKING AND NO WAITING WILL BE ALLOWED ALONG HIGH STREET FROM THE TRAFFIC LIGHTS AT THE JUNCTION WITH THE A429 AT WEST END RIGHT THROUGH TO THE JUNCTION WITH THE A40 AT EAST END
Any vehicles blocking the route will be moved.
With the permission of CDC and Gloucestershire Fire Service, parking will be available for residents at:
The Old Prison (although vehicles may be parked from 6pm on Saturday, 5 February, please note that the barrier will be in place from 11pm that evening and will not be lifted until 8am on Sunday, 6 February. The same times will apply overnight Sunday / Monday)
Car Park to Rear of the Fire Station (Please DO NOT park in front of the building)
A thorough inspection of Gloucestershire County Council’s roads is underway to determine what affect the severe weather has had. The past two winters have caused major problems on the roads with the council repairing around 90,000 potholes in 2010 alone – more than the previous three years combined. Following the bout of snow and freezing temperatures throughout December and early January, it is likely that the roads have suffered further damage.
Today, Cllr Stan Waddington, cabinet member for environment, went out with one of the inspection teams to see for himself how the county’s 3,500 miles of roads have fared. Initial reports show that while there is damage on the network, the scale of repairs is not as bad as last year. Cllr Waddington said: “It’s no secret that snow and ice cause the roads to crack, which leads to potholes forming so I was keen to see for myself how this latest bad weather had affected us. “We know there are still some problem areas and we’re working hard to address that – but in actual fact, at first glance, the situation seems better this time round. “We repaired an unprecedented amount of potholes last year and we carried out a lot of work to seal the roads against bad weather and this has helped prepare the roads for this winter. “Within the next couple of weeks, the full inspection should be complete and we’ll have a clear picture of the task facing us in 2011. “Whatever we find, please be assured that we are taking action and that we will do all we can to repair Gloucestershire’s roads. “However, as we all know, money is tight so we will continue to prioritise what we do.”
The inspection team will start by checking the main road network, before moving onto major towns, then to urban and rural areas. As problems are found, they will be reported and the most severely damaged will be repaired first. Anyone who spots a pothole can report it to Gloucestershire Highways on 08000 514514 or online at www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/pothole.