02 November 2023
West Northamptonshire Council has approved plans to introduce a temporary vehicle prohibition at Brook Lane in Dallington, with the aim of tackling a rise in anti-social driving behaviour and keeping pedestrians safe.
The implementation of this vehicle prohibition will begin in November, with signs and temporary concrete barriers being erected at each end of the road to ensure residents adhere to the road closure to traffic. These will be in place for a period of 3 months, with a chance to review and extend after the 3-month period.
Dallington is a highly populated area and Brook Lane has a higher-than-average volume of pedestrians. The area has been misused by vehicles travelling much too fast in a residential area, jeopardising the safety of the community and residents who use Brook Lane on a day-to-day basis.
Following the 3-month implementation period, there will be the opportunity to review the measures, and residents will have their chance to put their views to West Northamptonshire Council.
After the review period, and after assessing residents views and the results of the implementation, there will then be an opportunity to extend the vehicle prohibition, so we encourage residents to make their voice known through our Consultation Hub on the council website, as the implementation period draws to a close.
West Northamptonshire Council are committed to stopping anti-social driving behaviour and the Brook Lane vehicle prohibition is just another way in which we are continuing to support our commitment on this. It is vital that residents feel safe when going about their daily business and this is a step in the right direction in keeping our commitment to making highways safer for residents.Phil Larratt, Cabinet Member for Environment, Transport, Highways and Waste
This scheme is being installed using an experimental traffic regulation order (TRO). This means the process of public consultation will work somewhat differently from the normal traffic regulation order procedure. When using an experimental TRO, the works will be implemented so that they coincide with the consultation commencing. This allows residents/motorists to experience the proposed restrictions rather than asking them to comment on something that is theoretical, but without the commitment of the works necessarily being permanent.
An experimental TRO can be in force for up to eighteen months, with on average the first three months being used to allow the public to comment on how the proposal may or may not be working. The authority then has the remaining time to review all responses and decide how to proceed.