Bramber Parish Council

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Speed Activated Signs in Bramber

Added: 24th June 2017

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The parish of Bramber does not have many through roads with speed restrictions, but of those that do, both Clays Hill and The Street suffer from speeding traffic, especially the former since the limit was reduced to 30mph some 6 years ago.

Clays Hill


This narrow access road to Steyning (wide vehicles like tipper lorries and buses have to slow down and pull to the edge to pass) is subject to obvious, and well documented, speeding in both directions, with various, fortunately non-fatal, collisions over recent times.  (The most recent survey showed that on an average week-day, 40% of the 7500 vehicles using the hill will be exceeding 33mph.)


West Sussex County Council have not considered the problem serious enough to address so the parish council decided to investigate what they could provide to remind motorists of the speed limit (it's a 30 limit by dint of being a lit road with no signage to the contrary).


After much work by several councillors, WSCC Highways finally approved the location of a vehicle activated sign adjacent to entrance to The Close, and this was purchased (from  Thermotor in East Preston) and installed (by local volunteers) on a post provided by WSCC.  (Such signs need to be set back from the footway kerb edge by at least 0.5m, and have about 80m of straight road in front of it, severely limiting possible sites on Clays Hill with its single narrow footway.)


The sign is battery powered with a solar PV panel providing battery top-up throughout most of the year (don't be surprised if it stops working for a while after a grey week in December or January).  When triggered by a speeding vehicle, the sign displays a 45cm diameter '30' roundel and the words 'SLOW DOWN', and the date, time and speed of the offending vehicle is logged.  The intention is to change the direction it faces every couple of months to reduce complacency, at the same time downloading the chronological speed data for vehicles exceeding the 30 limit for future analysis.

The Street


During the search for a lighter, more easily moveable sign for use at two locations in The Street, the option of sharing with Upper Beeding parish arose, provided the sign could operate on 20, 30 and 40mph limit roads.  Accordingly a SWARCO MVAS has been purchased, which mounts on brackets to be permanently attached to the chosen posts (lighting columns 9 and 17 in The Street + tba in Upper Beeding).  This displays a 30cm diameter speed limit roundel and the words 'SLOW DOWN' when triggered, as well as chronologically logging the speed of all vehicles passing the sign.  This sign will be moved around the two parishes at roughly monthly intervals, the batteries being changed and the traffic data downloaded at the same time.


Finance footnote


The decision to spend parish money on the signs was not taken lightly, and several possible county funding streams were investigated before the decisions to purchase using parish funds were made.


Mike Croker

Bramber Parish Council

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Bramber Community Orchard

Initial Planting

Added: 27th February 2018

The orchard planting day went well last Saturday and details of the trees planted can be seen by clicking the button below. The trees on the information sheet are numbered 1 to 8… with 1 being the nearest to the public footpath and 8 being furthest away.

Tree List

Regular Youth Activities

Added: 4th March 2018


Dementia Framework West Sussex Review

Our five year plan for dementia care and support, the Dementia Framework West Sussex, was launched back in 2014.  We are now keen to hear from you about the progress that has been made.  We also want to know what more needs to be done to ensure people affected by dementia in West Sussex can live well.


If you would like to give us your views, please do so using our on-line surveys.  The surveys will run from the 21st May to the 30th June (deadline now extended to 22nd July).  To access the surveys, please visit West Sussex County Council’s ‘Have Your Say’ portal.


There are two surveys; one designed for all West Sussex residents including people living with dementia and their family and friend carers.  This survey can be accessed by following this link:


The other survey is for all those organisations and groups providing care and support.  This survey can be accessed by following this link:


Please feel free to complete the surveys that are relevant to you.


If you would like to take part but are unable to get on-line, please contact us using the details below to find out alternative ways of letting us have your views.


Thank you!


Irene Loft, Senior Commissioning Officer, West Sussex County Council


tel: 033 022 23793 or mobile: 0776 425 3569

Added: 2nd July 2018

Planned Roadworks in West Sussex

18th July 2018 to 1st August 2018

Click the button below for a list of planned roadworks either on-going or starting within the next fortnight.


Additional information on each roadwork is available by clicking on the road name.  This will take you to the Council’s Travel Information website, which contains the latest information for the works.  This includes the contact details for the contractor responsible for the work.  Please contact them direct if you require any further information.


Please note that carriageway works being undertaken by West Sussex Highways are subject to last minute date changes due to weather conditions, equipment breakdown or emergency work taking priority.  The works may start at any time up to 5 days from the planned start date given above.  On street yellow ‘Advanced Warning’ boards will provide details of latest dates.


An alternative map-based report showing roadworks for the following month is available here. Be aware that the report may not be available until after 5pm on a Wednesday. In the event that this week’s report is not currently available, the link will display last week’s report. Information for individual parishes can be viewed by selecting the required parish name from the dropdown list available by clicking on the menu button. Note: the map-based report requires the use of an up-to-date browser.




Mark McNamara

TICC Operator

Residents’ Services – Highways and Transport

West Sussex County Council


Location: County Hall (Northleigh), West Street, Chichester, West Sussex PO19 1RQ

Contact: Internal: 23058 | External: +44 (0)330 222 3058 | E-mail:

Roadworks Report

Added: 20th July 2018

Level 2 Heat Warning Issued

Added: 20th July 2018

The Met Office have issued a Level 2 Heat Health Watch with a 70% probability of heatwave conditions between 0000 on Friday 20/07/18 and 6pm on Tuesday 24/07/18.  See the poster below for advice on what to do in hot conditions.

Keeping Cool