September 18 2014 Latest news:
Monday, March 17, 2014
New wooden posts have been installed near a crematorium in a bid to tackle dangerous parking on a footpath.
In Horsham St Faith there has been a long-term issue with mourners attending services or the memorial gardens at the crematorium parking on the footpath along Manor Road, causing pedestrians, including school children, to walk in the road.
However, after successful partnership working involving Broadland District Council, Norfolk Constabulary, Norfolk County Council, Horsham St Faith Parish Council and St Faiths Crematorium, it was agreed permanent wooden posts should be installed along the affected stretch of Manor Road.
Last week Norfolk County Council’s highways department completed the work to prevent people parking illegally.
Broadland District Council, using funding from the County Community Safety Partnership, Horsham St Faith Parish Council and the crematorium have all agreed to contribute towards the costs.
Additional money has also been provided from a successful bid to Norfolk Constabulary’s Chief Constable’s Problem Solving Fund.
The combined funds have provided 36 posts and the highways department has provided an additional 10 posts at no extra cost.
Andrew Proctor, leader of Broadland District Council and portfolio holder for policy, said: “This is an excellent example of true partnership working as it has involved members of the community, businesses and local authorities generously coming together for one cause.
“The operational partnership team, which is made up of representatives from Broadland and Norfolk Constabulary, has worked hard alongside the Safer Neighbourhood Team to see this resolution come to fruition.
“Therefore, I very much hope the new posts will mean an end to the issue and local residents using Manor Road will feel safer, especially when going to and from the nearby school.”
Dan Roper, Norfolk County Councillor for Horsham St Faith, said: “All children are entitled to a safe journey to school but this just wasn’t possible on occasions when large numbers of cars were parked on the verges outside the crematorium. Hopefully these wooden posts will help to solve this longstanding problem.”
There have also been reports of speeding along the road, which has a 30mph speed restriction. There will now be regular speed monitoring by both Norfolk Constabulary and the Horsham St Faith Community Speedwatch Team.
Local beat PC Andy Dye said: “The issue has been a SNAP priority for us for many months so I’m pleased the work has been completed.
“The newly installed posts will mean parking by visitors to the crematorium will now be on the road rather than the footpath. It will therefore create a safer environment for parents walking their children to school in two ways. Firstly, they will be able to now walk along the path as they should, and the cars parked in the road will also act as a natural traffic calming measure.”
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