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Added: 7th August 2017

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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.

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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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I am writing to inform you that the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has confirmed that the River Adur Internal Drainage District (IDD) will be abolished on 31 March 2017 (see attached notice and map).

From that date the Environment Agency will no longer have the legal power to:

  • act as the Internal Drainage Board (IDB) for the River Adur IDD
  • collect agricultural drainage rates to fund the work of the IDB
  • manage, maintain or operate any ordinary water courses (OWCs) or associated structures, such as pumps, dam boards and weirs, within the IDD.
    • The Environment Agency’s work on main rivers, such as the River Adur and Tanyard Stream, will be unaffected by this change. You can check whether a watercourse is main river or not by accessing the following website http://ow.ly/QtApk

      What this means for water level management in the River Adur IDD

      From 31 March 2017 the IDD will no longer exist and:

      • riparian land owners will be responsible for maintaining and operating the small number of OWCs and associated water level management structures in the IDD which we have been maintaining and operating on their behalf. This is in addition to their existing responsibility for all other OWCs on their land
      • District Councils will take over our power to carry out work in order to manage any flood risk from the OWCs and
      • West Sussex County Council will take over our enforcement and consenting powers on the OWCs
        • What we will do next

          We have written to all riparian landowners giving them notice that we will no longer maintain or operate the IDD watercourses and structures from 31 March 2017.

          Between now and 31 March 2017 we will continue to deliver our approved routine maintenance and repair programme (see below).

          We will remain available to help riparian landowners/tenants to establish necessary alternative arrangements for the maintenance and operation of any IDD watercourses and structures on their land.

          Depending on the level of interest we plan to hold demonstrations of maintenance and operation techniques within the IDD. Please email the project manager at the address below if you would like to attend a demonstration.

          We will, if requested, carry out a joint visual inspection with riparian landowners/tenants of any assets on their land.

          IDB programme for 2016/17

          In addition to leaving all sites safe, we aim to ensure all structures will be in a ‘Fair’ condition on abolition. This is a standard definition term we apply to our assets and means that they are fully capable of performing to the standard required of them, even if some may have minor defects which could affect their performance.

          For that reason our approved routine maintenance and repair programme this year focuses on structures. Apart from St. Marys ditch, no routine vegetation management of IDB watercourses (weed or grass cutting whether by hand or machine) is included in our programme of works.

          If there are any unexpected failures of IDB assets before 31 March 2017, we will consider the costs of repair, the availability of funding and the benefits to all those who fund the work of the IDB before making a decision on whether to repair the asset. We will involve the riparian landowner in that decision and offer them the opportunity to carry out repairs themselves.

          Further information

          If you would like any further information, please email the IDD project manager at RiverAdurIDBproject@environment-agency.gov.uk or telephone 02084747512.