Sunday, January 27, 2008

Quiet Lanes ?

Two entrepeneurial Rogate residents have suggested making all the roads in our ward North of the A272 (as well as Stedham, Iping, Chithurst, and Trotton to the East) into a network of quiet lanes. I think their intentions are admirable, in seeking to reinforce what a special area we live in and to make the roads more friendly for those using horses, cycles, and pushchairs.

They have some clever ideas (originally developed in Holland) such as removing all road markings to encourage drivers to drive more carefully - they are not simply interested in plastering lots of horrible new suburban signs alongisde rural roads. I'm not sure to what extent such things are legal in the UK, but to the extent they are, they are certainly worth considering.

Where I have an issue with the proposal is if it reduces speed limits for motorists in Milland and Linch. Milland (unlike Rogate and Rake) is quite a long way from any main roads and were all the busy residents of Milland to suddenly find that they weren't able to drive at more than 30 miles and hour to get to a main road, I think they might find they wasted a lot of time or routinely broke the traffic laws and ignored the new quiet lanes speed limit - neither are good outcomes.

In essence, I oppose the proposal if it is likely to reduce the current speed limits on the main roads the residents use to get to and from Milland to the local main roads to the North, South, East and West. I support it to the degree that some of the good ideas proposed to encourage people to be generally more considerate can be enacted without freedom reducing blanket speed limits.

If you'd like to discuss the proposals further you may like to write to Mairi Renne at


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