Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Parish News - November 2014

At the October meeting, PC Charlie Cross talked in general, about traffic issues and speeding in the village. He reported that the current 20mph speed restriction in Wylam is being monitored and it was noted that the Parish Council have asked for 20mph for Ovingham to be included in the Local Transport Plan, which was submitted to County Council. PC Cross did point out that volume of traffic is one of the areas looked at when considering 20mph, and currently due to the bridge closure, there is less traffic in Ovingham. PC Cross also stated that whilst speed cameras can be used, enforcement was always going to be a problem. People needed educating and unfortunately, speeding was always going to be a concern.  
The Parish Council are again making enquiries to see if the 30mph speed limit sign, at the entrance to Ovingham by Piper Road Estate, can be moved further down the hill (towards Wylam). They are also obtaining costs for moving the interactive sign on Castle View nearer the eastern entrance to the village. A site meeting with the manufacturers has confirmed it is possible, but no decision can be made until a quote has been received.
Work on Ovingham Bridge is about 4 weeks behind schedule. Updates are available on the Parish Council website, as well as the County Council website. Meetings are held on a regular basis and concerns are passed on to the chief engineer, by Cllr Jordon. There is also a short survey, prepared by Newcastle University for the i-BUILD research programme which is available until 1st December. Please take time to complete it - https:/ /
The next meeting of the council is on 20 November at 7:15pm in the Reading Room.
Margaret Davenport
Clerk to Ovingham Parish Council