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Oscroft is often thought of as the very quiet and peaceful corner of Tarvin Parish, but
a delegation of residents came to the last Parish Council Meeting (Monday Aug 4th) to make sure that the Council was fully aware that this image was not necessarily the truth.

Speeding traffic, a nuisance that has been increasing over recent years, has now become an urgent problem. The approaches to Oscroft along Shay Lane in both directions are long and straight, encouraging a high speed when entering the built-up area.

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Cross Lanes has become a recognised 'rat run' to avoid the centre of Tarvin and recent house sales in Oscroft have brought a number of families with children into the centre.

The Golf Club continues to flourish with most members arriving by car, and a local, thriving agricultural services business has brought an increasing number of
large and heavy vehicles onto local roads.

The recent upgrading of the road surface, while welcomed by residents, has, if anything, encouraged drivers to go faster.

A number of solutions were suggested:

  • the re-siting of the 30mph signs,
  • a 'flashing 30mph sign,
  • and rumble strips were felt to be useful.

The Parish Council had already been in contact with Highways, and had recently
received an offer from them to conduct a traffic count with equipment to be
sited in two areas for two weeks. This offer was accepted as a way of measuring
the extent of the problem and as a starting point for discussions with the authority to create a comprehensive package of improvements that would help the situation.

The Parish Council also agreed for two Councillors to attend a Traffic and Speeding
Issues Conference at the Police HQ on 25th September and to raise these issues
at the conference.

This is an issue which is not going to go away and the Parish Council is determined
to keep pushing the relevant authorities until a solution can be found and

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