Rushmere St. Andrew Parish Council Update

A quick update from members of the Rushmere St Andrew Parish Council:

Quiet Lanes in our Parish

In conjunction with Rushmere St Andrew Neighbourhood Plan Working Group, Rushmere St Andrew Parish Council is exploring opportunities to designate certain rural lanes in the parish as Quiet Lanes as part of a county- wide project.

According to responses to the Neighbourhood Plan questionnaire, 84% of respondents supported the designation of Quiet Lanes in the parish. Quiet Lanes are a nationally recognised designation for narrow, rural roads which are shared by walkers, horse riders, cyclists and other road users. They encourage drivers to ‘Expect and Respect’ more vulnerable road users and so allow non-motorised users to enjoy rural lanes in greater safety.

These types of lanes do not impose traffic restrictions and are not enforced. Advisory signs (like the one pictured) are placed at either end of Quiet Lanes to show motorised users clearly that the road is a shared space.

We feel that this would be of real benefit to the parish and those who visit. The lanes being considered are already used by walkers, cyclists and horse riders and link with existing footpaths and bridleways in the village.

In conjunction with Suffolk County Council (Highways), we have identified, Tuddenham Lane, Playford Lane, Lamberts Lane and Seven Cottages Lane.

This article seeks to inform you as the first stage of a full public consultation process.

As part of the formal public consultation process, there will be a public meeting (held remotely) on Monday 8 March at 7pm via Zoom to discuss these proposals. For more information on how to join the meeting please visit: www.rushmerestandrew.onesuffolk.net/neighbourhood-plan

If you wish to make any comments about these proposals at this initial stage, we welcome these in writing either by email to the parish clerk at [email protected] or by post to Parish Clerk, Rushmere St Andrew Parish Council, Tower Hall, 5 Broadlands Way, IP4 5SU by Friday 12 March at 5pm.

This project is being funded by the Suffolk County Council Suffolk 2020 Fund and the East Suffolk Community Partnerships and Greenprint Forum.

For more information about this project see the Quiet Lanes Suffolk website: www.quietlanessuffolk.co.uk

The office is closed but our clerk and assistant clerk are still working so should you need to get in touch please contact them by email in the first instance:

Parish Clerk: [email protected]

Assistant Parish Clerk: [email protected]

Or telephone 01473 711509 and leave a message.

Rushmere St Andrew Parish Council Office, Tower Hall, 5 Broadlands Way, Ipswich IP4 5SU.

Parish council meetings continue to be held virtually. For details, please see the noticeboards or visit: www.rushmerestandrew.onesuffolk.net

Thank you to everyone in our parish for your continued patience in doing your bit to keep us all safe by following government guidelines.

From your Rushmere St Andrew Parish Councillors

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