Ellistown Traffic Action Group - ETAG
The Ellistown Traffic Action Group (ETAG) has been set up to improve road safety in our community.
Why a Traffic Action Group?
The whole country has seen a huge increase in the volume of traffic over the last few years and this particular area, being so close to some very large industrial developments, has been affected greatly. The Parish Council agreed that action needed to be taken to combat speeding, careless driving and weight limit breaches.
Ellistown Traffic Action Group or ETAG for short was formed at the beginning of 2017 and they spent many months working to try and collate as much evidence as possible to provide Leicestershire County Council (LCC) with an idea of how bad the problems were. The report entitled 'Traffic Issues' can be found in 'Documents' on this site. Following some delays from LCC, they finally committed to carrying out a traffic survey throughout the village - this document can be found by hovering over the 'About The Council' heading on the left hand menu and clicking on 'Documents' - in the 'Documents' search bar type in Traffic Survey and that should bring up the complete LCC report, the same can be done for the 'Traffic Issues' report.
The findings of the report were not what ETAG or the Parish Council wanted to hear, so an independent traffic survey company was contacted and the report forwarded to them. They came back with the same response as LCC and explained that physical traffic calming measures are the only way that speed reduction can truly be achieved. With the costs of these measures reaching 10's of thousands of pounds it isn't something the Parish Council could afford to install and maintain. The survey results did not meet the nationally set criteria, that LCC must use, to determine whether speed reduction measures are required and therefore, meant that funding from LCC would not be possible either.
In March 2020 the Parish Clerk had made arrangements for a representative of LCC Highways to attend the Parish Council meeting, to discuss issues with the council and the public and to provide answers as to why Ellistown isn't eligible to have anything installed to help with the current problems. Unfortunately, Covid-19 struck and everything has been put on hold until a time when physical meetings can be undertaken.
PLEASE REMEMBER TO REPORT WEIGHT LIMIT BREACHES, SPEEDING, ETC. TO LEICESTERSHIRE POLICE. IF YOU CAN SAFELY DO SO, GATHER AS MUCH EVIDENCE AS POSSIBLE - REGISTRATION NUMBERS, DATES AND TIMES, PHOTOGRAPHS AND EMAIL TO: https://www.leics.police.uk/ro/report/