Parish Council

20 mph Zone Consultation Report

Shorne Parish Council has now carried out an ‘informal’ consultation on our proposals for a 20 mph zone through the centre of Shorne, from a point in Tanyard Hill just south of Court Lodge, to point in Forge Lane just north of Malthouse Lane, to include all roads and cul-de-sacs leading off.  It also proposes creating a 30 mph speed limit in Mill Hill Lane, to act as a buffer zone between the national speed limit in Shorne Ifield Road and the 20 mph zone in Crown Lane.  A map showing the proposed extent of the speed restrictions is attached below, as is a summary of the responses received.

Hard copies of the consultation documentation were delivered to all households located within the proposed 20 mph zone and the 30 mph buffer zone (a total of 221 properties) plus a further 13 households just outside the limits of the zone.  In addition, the consultation was publicised in the parish magazine, on the village notice boards, and on local social media, with links to the consultation page on the parish council website at https://shorneparishcouncil.org/a-20-mph-scheme-for-shorne-have-your-say/.  The consultation ran for an 8-week period from 10th June to 31st July 2022.

The proposals received very strong support.  The results can be briefly summarised as follows:

. . . . . . . . . .

Question 1 asked:  Do you agree with Shorne Parish Council’s proposal to establish a 20 mph zone through the centre of Shorne Village, to include all the roads leading from The Street and Forge Lane?

A total of 43 responses were received.  41 respondents (95%) agreed or strongly agreed with the proposal.  2 respondents disagreed.

. . . . . . . . . .

Question 2 asked:  Do you agree with Shorne Parish Council’s proposed location of the southern limit of the 20 mph zone, south of Court Lodge, so that the 20 mph zone includes Court Lodge, Swillers Lane, and the adjoining roads?

42 people responded to this question.  37 agreed or strongly agreed with the proposal.  1 neither agreed nor disagreed.  Of the 4 respondents who disagreed or strongly disagreed, 3 disagreed only because they felt that the proposed 20 mph zone did not go far enough, and that it should be extended further south along Tanyard Hill.   In reality, they agree with the concept of the 20 mph zone, they just do not agree that our proposals go far enough.  In fact 9 respondents expressed the view that the 20 mph zone should be extended further south along Tanyard Hill.

. . . . . . . . . .

Question 3 asked:  Do you agree with Shorne Parish Council’s proposed location of the northern limit of the 20 mph zone, north of Malthouse Lane, so that the 20 mph zone includes Malthouse Lane, Cob Drive, and the adjoining roads?

41 people responded to this question.  A total of 36 agreed or strongly agreed with the proposal.  1 neither agreed nor disagreed.  Of the 4 respondents who disagreed or strongly disagreed, 3 disagreed only because they felt that the proposed 20 mph zone did not go far enough, and that it should be extended further north along Forge Lane.   In reality, they agree with the concept of the 20 mph zone, they just do not agree that our proposals go far enough.  In fact 8 respondents expressed the view that the 20 mph zone should be extended further north along Forge Lane.

. . . . . . . . . .

Question 4 asked:  Do you agree that Crown Lane leading to the Doctors’ Surgery should be included in the 20 mph zone?

42 people responded to this question.  40 agreed or strongly agreed with the proposal.  1 neither agreed nor disagreed.  I person disagreed.

. . . . . . . . . .

Question 5 asked:  Do you agree with Shorne Parish Council’s proposal that the speed limit in Mill Hill Lane should be reduced to 30 mph to provide a buffer between the national speed limit in Shorne Ifield Road and the 20 mph zone in Crown Lane?

42 people responded to this question.  A total of 39 agreed or strongly agreed with the proposal.  2 neither agreed nor disagreed.  1 disagreed or strongly disagreed.  6 respondents expressed the view that the 20 mph zone should be extended to include Mill Hill Lane.  2 respondents felt that the national speed limit in Shorne Ifield Road also should be lowered.

. . . . . . . . . .

It is clear that the consultation was well publicised, received a good response, and was strongly supported.  We believe that this provides sufficient evidence that the proposal is well supported, and we have told KCC that we believe that it should therefore go ahead.

We note that a significant proportion of the respondents expressed their views that the proposed limits of the 20 mph zone should be extended further south along Tanyard Hill, and further north along Forge Lane, and into Mill Hill Lane.  We have requested that KCC should give serious consideration to accommodating this in the final design of the scheme where possible.

20 mph consultation MAP 20 mph Consultation Summary of Responses