Road Safety2019-10-07T17:41:04+01:00
Road Safety & Traffic Calming

Vehicles callously disregarding the speed limits, heavy vehicles using The Street and the quiet lanes as rat-runs to Bacton power station and driver’s complete disregard for the safety of others at the junction of Hall Lane and Knapton Road have steadily increased in recent years.

The minutes of past council meetings going back many years show clearly that questions as to how these issues can be dealt with have been raised but because of the difficulty in trying to address them the can has been constantly kicked down the road… until now!

The current council is fast earning a well deserved reputation for getting things done and it has decided that dealing with road safety in and around our village is now a priority.

Parish Council – Road Safety Committee
Committee Blog

Road Safety Committee
Knapton Parish Council has set up a dedicated Road Safety committee, led by Councillor John Lawton, to put an end to the can kicking and focus its efforts on finding a way to make our roads safer for our residents.

The committee has agreed its objectives which can be seen below and we will maintain a blog here so that everyone can monitor our progress.   Anyone that has questions is welcome to join us at the Parish Council meetings to hear the monthly reports from the committee or to contact us using our Comment Page and choosing Road Safety as the subject.

7th October 2019
We received this email today from a resident who is concerned about the traffic issues in and around our village and whose views appear to reflect those of most of the villagers.

I am contacting you regarding the new properties and the new footpath which looks great […]

2nd October 2019
Committee meeting with Police & Highways

The Knapton Parish Council Road Safety Committee is meeting with Norfolk Constabulary and Highways on Tuesday 8th October to discuss and establish a roadmap (no pun intended) the find the best way to improve safety on our roads.

We will […]

Working with the Police
Working with Highways

The Police & Highways
In October, Knapton Parish Council Traffic Committee is hosting a meeting with Steve White of Highways and PC Paul Gwynn with the intention of establishing the best course of action to achieve the end result we are looking for.

The Police & Highways
In October, Knapton Parish Council Traffic Committee is hosting a meeting with Steve White of Highways and PC Paul Gwynn with the intention of establishing the best course of action to achieve the end result we are looking for.

Community Speed Watch
How you can help

A group of residents in our village have approached us for support to arrange a Community Speed Watch.   We are keen to support anything that makes our village safer, especially given our current focus on road safety.

Unfortunately this action has faced an initial setback having been advised that all of the necessary equipment has now been allocated and there is no budget for new equipment to be purchased this financial year.  The scheme is funded by Norfolk Safety Camera Partnership Board and will be reviewed in April 2020.

We are currently seeking alternatives to try to get this Speed Watch action up and running.

Click the image on the left to find out more about Norfolk Constabulary’s Community Speed Watch programme and download their Community Speed Watch booklet.

The more information we can gather, the stronger our case becomes for reducing the speed limit on our roads, so please let us know if you can identify any vehicles driving too fast or without due care & attention by using our Comment Form and selecting Road Safety as the subject.

Comment Form
Working with Swayfield PC
Working with Paston PC

B1145 – Knapton Road/Swafield Road

In June of this year Ed Maxfield (our County Councillor) and Norman Lamb MP made it clear that they would support endeavours to reduce traffic speeds along the B1145 between Swafield and Knapton as a result of yet another accident.

Swafield and Bradfield Parish Council is now looking into road traffic issues with particular emphasis on this road and have approached Knapton Parish Council to see if there is some way that the two parishes could work together to make this road safer.

We welcome this approach and hope to meet in the coming weeks to find a way forward that benefits everyone.   We will keep this page updated with our progress.

The Street/Paston

Knapton Parish council is also pursuing the possibility of “sharing” a VAS speed indicator with Paston Parish Council.

This may be a good way of having traffic calming at the Paston end of The Street, possibly with a camera for monitoring vehicle speeds and we hope to meet in the coming weeks to find a way forward that benefits everyone.   We will keep this page updated with our progress.