Hill Chorlton Community News

Village appearance mock-up pictures

We’ve been putting together some pictures of what the village could look like with proposed changes to the signage and street furniture. Take a look at the pictures here and of course let us know what you think. We’ll be updating the page as thinking evolves and new ideas come along.

Response to speeding issues

The interim parish council commissioned a report from one of its members on “Chapel and Hill Chorlton parish: speeding on the A51”, which was considered at its December meeting. The report and its appendixes can be downloaded from the parish council’s website:

Report
Appendix A, speed analysis 1–30 June 2020
Appendix B, speed analysis 11 July–8 August 2020
Appendix C, speed analysis 9 August–30 September 2020

The Hill Chorlton Residents group has now prepared and submitted a response to the report, which you can read here.

Road Safety Campaign responses

A big thank you to everyone who responded to our campaign we received 71 responses in all and we have now written up our report. You can download it and read it for yourself:

Summary report
Full report

The reports have been sent to our local County Councillor and Borough Councillor. We are now looking for a selection of interested people from the Hill Chorlton, Kennels Lane, Sandy Lane, Chorlton Moss, Woodside and Lakeside areas to help develop the ideas further and to make things happen.


 

A Road Safety Plan for Hill Chorlton

Here in Hill Chorlton we have campaigned over many years for measures to make our village a safer place to live in and to travel through.

In 2006, following our contact with the police, the Safety Camera team started to visit Hill Chorlton, and it continues to do so. In spring 2013, after 7 years of campaigning and engage-ment with the police, our county councillor  and (sometimes) Highways, we finally got the speed limit reduced to 40mph from Chapel House to Maerfield Gate. In summer 2019 we finally got a Speed Indicator Device (SID) in one direction (but only after first getting local representation on the parish council, and even then it was put in the wrong place).

16 Aug 2020

Now, following 2 road traffic accidents outside Slaters in the space of 4 weeks, it’s time for us to get back into campaigning gear and nail ALL the problems, well and truly, once and
for all.

We live 24/7 with the A51. We know this road and its traffic better than anyone else. We face the risks every day. We understand the issues and dangers like nobody else. We, the residents, are very well qualified to draw up a Road Safety Plan for Hill Chorlton.

Now, to achieve our objectives, we must act together. By working unitedly and enlisting support from neighbouring communities we can make the Hill Chorlton Road Safety Plan a reality.

What you can do

1 Complete the enclosed form and return it to one of the addresses on the form by
Monday 14th September. The campaign is NOT limited to Hill Chorlton residents – residents in Maer, Baldwins Gate and elsewhere are encouraged to take part.

Download a response form from here.

2 Sign up now as a volunteer for the Hill Chorlton Speedwatch group.

3 Look out for information / announcements on Baldwins Gate Facebook and here on www.hillchorlton.co.uk

Hill Chorlton Road Safety Plan

1    Extend existing 40mph zone eastwards to Kennels Lane and westwards to Maer War Memorial; the full 40mph zone to run from Kennels Lane (east) to Maer War Memorial (west).

2    Eastbound: install Vehicle Activated Sign (VAS) (solar powered) on approach to A51/Woodside junction with “Junction” sign and “SLOW DOWN”.

3    Westbound: install VAS (solar powered) on approach to bend at Chapel House with “Bend” sign and “SLOW DOWN”.

4    Upgrade signage to increase the number of “40” road surface roundels.

5    Re-site westbound SID to grid reference SJ 379836 339348 (about 80m west of current location).

6    Site eastbound SID at grid reference SJ 379590 339247 (east of A51/Sandy Lane junction).

7    Prohibit westbound overtaking from Chapel House to Sandy Lane.

8    Install verged footway from Maer War Memorial to Woodside, to link up to existing Hill Chorlton footway.

9    Resurface existing Hill Chorlton footway from Maerfield Gate to Sandy Lane.

10  Install verged footway from Chapel House to Kennels Lane, to extend existing Hill Chorlton footway.

11  Carry out maintenance on trees in cutting east of Maer War Memorial and west of Woodside

12  Cut roadside hedge from Rose Cottage to Eden Rock, Hill Chorlton regularly during the growing season.

Hill Chorlton road safety map

Detailed explanation

1    Extend existing 40mph zone.
Kennels Lane and Maer War Memorial are logical termination points for the 40mph speed limit. Kennels Lane to  Maer War Memorial is an important local pedestrian route, giving access to important lane and footpath networks and connecting communities at Kennels Lane, Hill Chorlton and Maer village. The traffic speed limit needs to have regard for the safety of vulnerable road users.

2    Install VAS on eastbound approach to A51/Woodside junction.
A warning VAS at this location will slow vehicles down and protect the Woodside junction and the access to Slaters. It will also protect pedestrians, including people accessing the bus stops.

3    Install VAS on westbound approach to bend at Chapel House.
A warning VAS at this location will slow down vehicles on the steep downhill approach to a very sharp bend. If vehicles take the bend at slower speeds, hopefully they will not speed up so quickly as the road straightens out into the village.

4    Upgrade 40mph signage.
Drivers need more reminders of the speed limit. Medallions on the road surface are more visible to drivers than signs on poles. The village is so small that you can drive through without noticing it. There is very little “side friction” on the south side of the road, and none at all after you leave the village.

5    Re-site westbound SID about 80m west of current location.
The SID is obscured by trees and is activated at a distance of only 15–20 metres. It needs to be relocated to where there is better forward visibility and where it will slow vehicles down as they reach the point where the footway is narrowest and danger to pedestrians is greatest.

6    Site eastbound SID east of A51/Sandy Lane junction.
The SID needs to be located so as to slow vehicles down as they enter the settlement. This location has good forward visibility for approaching vehicles and will also give some protection to the Sandy Lane junction.

7    Prohibit westbound overtaking from Chapel House to Sandy Lane.
The highway through Hill Chorlton is substandard. The carriageway is 1.18 metres narrower than the standard width. The footway width between Moss Cottage and Arnside varies between 0.92 metres and 1.29 metres and is way below the standard width of 2 metres. Vehicles pass unavoidably and dangerously close to pedestrians. Westbound overtaking vehicles, travelling at speeds significantly above the 40mph limit, put pedestrians at significant and unnecessary risk.

8    Install verged footway from Maer War Memorial to Woodside.
The A51 is the only pedestrian route from Hill Chorlton to Maer, and from Maer to Baldwins Gate, linking these communities and providing access to the lane and footpath networks. The grass verge has been so poorly maintained and has been dug up so many times for utilities and not properly reinstated that it has become very rough and is no longer suitable for walking on, forcing pedestrians to walk in the carriageway.

9    Resurface footway from Maerfield Gate to Sandy Lane.
The footway provides access from Hill Chorlton to Slaters and the bus stops at Maerfield Gate. It has not been repaired since it was installed in 1968 and has become rough, broken and dangerous. In January 2015 a government Planning Inspector actually commented on the “overgrown” state of the footway.

10  Install verged footway from Chapel House to Kennels Lane.
The A51 links the Kennels Lane community to Hill Chorlton and bus stops at Woodside, and links Hill Chorlton and other communities to the lane and footpath networks. The grass verge has been so poorly maintained, and has been dug up so many times for utilities and not properly reinstated, that it has become very rough and is no longer suitable for walking on, forcing pedestrians to walk in the carriageway.

11  Maintenance work on trees between Maer War Memorial and Woodside.
Maintenance is needed to improve visibility, to clear growth away from road signs and to create adequate space for pedestrians.

12  Roadside hedge from Rose Cottage to Eden Rock.
The narrow footway from Rose Cottage to Eden Rock is separated from the carriageway by a grass verge of barely 30cm. The hedge and bracken grow out over the footway every summer, blocking the footway and forcing pedestrians onto the narrow verge or even into the carriageway.