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Bucklesham Parish Council is exploring the opportunities to designate certain village roads as “Quiet Lanes”.
We know that many Bucklesham residents consider Road Safety to be a top priority for the village. Quiet Lanes are intended for shared use by walkers, horse riders, cyclists and other road users to enjoy our country lanes in greater safety and encourage drivers to ‘Expect and Respect’ more vulnerable road users.
Quiet Lanes can offer the opportunity for increased levels of walking and cycling which will contribute to Suffolk County Council’s Public Health aims and its Green Access Strategy. These types of lanes do not impose traffic restrictions and are not enforced. Advisory signs are placed at either end of Quiet Lanes to show motorised users clearly that the road is a shared space.
Within Bucklesham we have identified 2 lanes that fit the requirements; Church Lane (beyond the entrances to Church Close and St Mary’s Park) and Levington Lane (from beyond number 92 to Tenth Lane junction).
Traffic surveys have been carried out and it has been provisionally agreed with Suffolk Highways that the lanes we chose are suitable for “Quiet Lane” status. These lanes are already popular with walkers, cyclists and horse riders and the intention is to encourage that use.
This is a county-wide project supported by Suffolk County Council’s Suffolk 2020 Fund, the East Suffolk Greenprint Forum and the East Suffolk Community Partnerships. The aim is to create a network of Quiet Lanes across the county.
Bucklesham will be among one of the first parishes in the county to have Quiet Lane status and the Parish Council feel that this would be of real benefit to the village and those who visit us.
The Process of Designation required public awareness and consultation and our meeting was held on 8th April 2021.
For more information on this project see https://www.quietlanessuffolk.co.uk/