Claverham Neighbourhood Plan - Submission Consultation

Claverham Neighbourhood Plan -submission consultation

10. HIGHWAYS AND TRAVEL POLICIES

Background
The residents of Claverham have clearly stated that they use cars in preference to walking or cycling for the vast majority of journeys from home (see statistics in section 9 Development policies). The stated reason, when considering local journeys is primarily the lack of safety perceived by those that know Claverham Road and its junctions. The pavements at the side of Claverham road are variously discontinuous, sloping, and narrower than any safe standard. They are regularly mounted by traffic attempting to pass other vehicles, especially buses and also HGVs that ignore the 7.5T limit.

Claverham children attending Yatton schools are bussed as it is considered unsafe for them to walk along the pavements. There is a majority view that speed should be reduced, which would also be appropriate for our rural lanes. Speed surveys on Claverham Road show that the 85th centile is about 33mph which is quite high considering the parked vehicles and various incidents of driving two wheels on pavements. Simply put, there is currently no safe option for the disabled who use buggies, mothers with prams, the infirm or indeed other pedestrians to journey to Yatton except that they go by car. The rare use of the pavements and overwhelming preference for use of cars probably accounts for the lack of serious
incidents to pedestrians or cyclists.

The Neighbourhood Plan requires that any new development should consider the potential impact on traffic volumes and safety on the quiet roads, away from Bishops Road and Claverham Road, which are characterised by a series of blind bends. Currently our lanes are regularly used by cyclists, pedestrians and horse riders as a safe area for exercise and where children may safely practice cycling and the like. Any increase in traffic will have a deleterious effect on these activities.

The residents of Claverham support those who live in houses built before the modern age of the car to continue to use street parking. However it is not reasonable for this practice to be continued with modern development where adequate space should be provided to accommodate Claverham’s known (2015) nationally high level of car ownership of 1.8 cars per household.

Bus services are restrictive and found by most not to be useful for the normal working day in Bristol or Weston-super-Mare. Much improvement could be made from a very low starting point.

 

10.1 T1 – Highways
In the Village Survey 73% of respondents voted for some form of traffic calming measure for Claverham Road, the best supported being for a reduced speed limit (43%). In the Village Travel Survey 86% of respondents felt that walking or cycling was an unpleasant experience with 77% saying that cycling or walking was not safe at all.

The pavement in Claverham Road from the village centre to Yatton requires users to cross the road 3 times, it is too narrow in places and cars / vans often park on the pavement due to the narrow width of the road. Cars and lorries frequently mount the kerb to allow buses and lorries to pass.

Where appropriate, traffic management measures will be encouraged that will improve highway safety for all users, particularly along Bishops Road and Claverham Road.

10.2 T2 – Highway Safety
Our roads and lanes are used by cyclists, pedestrians and horse riders and most carriageways have no pavements or safe refuges, particular vulnerability occurs at blind corners. The safety and enjoyment of Claverham’s roads and lanes is of great importance to its residents.

The lanes around Claverham are generally narrow with high hedges during part of the year. The lanes are regularly used by walkers, cyclists and horse riders from the various stables in the Neighbourhood Area.

The roads to be considered in this policy are mainly identified on Figure 4 Policy Map (Read  Insert Map Figure 6 For Detail of Policy SB1 and D3) and are primarily through roads that are used for recreation and access to local faith institutions, businesses, stables and farms by pedestrians, cyclists and horses as well as for utility journeys by car. Roads that are within the Plan area but not depicted on the policy map such as Brockley Way, Lower Claverham and Claverham Drove are to be included in this policy so that all lanes and roads may become a safer environment. This policy is aimed at ensuring the rural way of life is preserved for the villagers to enjoy.

 

10.3 T3 – Vehicle Parking
Much of Claverham was planned and constructed prior to the almost universal use of the private motorcar. Survey of Claverham residents regarding their modes of transport clearly shows that Claverham residents are highly dependent on private motor vehicles for nearly all types of journey. 96% of respondents to the village survey thought that new developments should have sufficient off-street parking for the expected levels of car ownership in the village. The 2011 Census data shows Claverham has more cars per
household (1.8) than the North Somerset average (1.4) and the UK average (1.2) due to lack of employment opportunities and facilities in the village and poor bus service. In addition, 83% of respondents thought that unregulated street parking should be preserved for the benefit of business users and homeowners as many older properties built before common car ownership do not have off-street parking available.

 

10.4 PT1 – Public Transport (Buses and School Buses)
Local buses are seen not to be useful for arriving or leaving for a normal working day in Bristol or Weston-super-Mare. Thus the bus service is not well patronised except by senior citizens able to be fully flexible with their time of travel.

In the village survey 79% of respondents supported the policy that attempts should be made to improve the bus service in the village and 67% of respondents supported the need for bicycle stand.

Bus services in Claverham are still considered highly desirable, any proposals to improve the frequency or ease of use of buses in Claverham Road are supported. 

Bicycle stands, in open view, that provide schoolchildren and other bus users an opportunity to safely store their bicycles prior to catching buses will be supported as many children are bussed to otherwise distant schools, and ability to store bicycles at the point of departure would be welcomed.