Old Town Traffic Calming Plans By September

Measures to try and reduce the speed of vehicles driving through Old Town should be in place by the start of the school term.

Yesterday, Councillors Brian Lowen and Fred Ticehurst met with the Council’s Director of Technical Services, Neville Gardner and the Islands’ police chief, Sergeant Colin Taylor, to discuss how to encourage slower driving.

Brian says there have been concerns about youngsters running across the road from Ennor Close towards Val’s Place shop. Colin says he too is most concerned about the speed of vehicles from the airport turn towards Ennor Close.

Yesterday’s meeting decided that a ‘slow’ message will be painted on the road opposite Ennor House.

Councillors have already agreed to employ a school patrol person for 7.5 hours a week during term time. That job vacancy closes this week.

Zig-zags will be used to reinforce that crossing and will mark the road opposite Nowhere. There’ll be no parking within that area and the police will be able to enforce that.

Devon and Cornwall force had concerns over how they’d regulate the 20mph speed reduction without major changes being made to the road layout, such as chicanes and speed bumps, so drivers are aware they’re entering a reduced speed area.

Brian Lowen says another disadvantage of a lower speed limit would be that the road through Old Town, which is currently an ‘A’ road, would be reclassified, and that could reduce Government grants for road maintenance and repair paid to the Council.


2 Responses to Old Town Traffic Calming Plans By September

  1. Tony Brown August 17, 2012 at 8:00 am

    One of the banes of St Mary’s now is traffic. It is ruining the experience for the visitor in Hugh Town (I’ve been coming to the islands since 1963 and have watched the growth, together with the explosion of building new properties). As if some more road markings will make the slightest difference – residents need to decide whether their idyll needs more than one vehicle per household (obviously excluding those such as builders who need vehicles for their business). Either this nettle is firmly grasped, or accept that the wow factor of St Mary’s is being severely curtailed. With the middle of Tresco resembling a scene from the village in the TV show “The Prisoner”, you have two islands that have lost what was so special about Scilly.

    It is no good people wringing their hands over the fall in tourism (which is far deeper rooted than the Olympics), a very worrying trend in a community so dependant upon it. Unless Scilly is palpably different from anything in Cornwall, there is no reason for people to pay the high transport costs to get to the islands. I spoke with several first timers to the islands on my last visit three weeks ago. About half would come back again. When I first came to the islands, everyone came back. The regulars are all becoming older and are not being replaced by a new generation of lovers of the islands. The choice for the islands is whether they submit to mainland pressures and the fast buck, or take the long view and make radical decisions to prevent the erosion of the uniqueness of the holiday venue.

  2. lynn August 16, 2012 at 10:14 am

    We all want the children to be safe but common sense and parental guidance must surely apply. Why must the islands endure more road markings signs and potential speed bumps etc. Parents take control and teach the highway green cross code, please.