Kingsbury/Baxterley group of parish Churches
the Parish Council, Councillor K Carr presents Nick Guy, church warden
for Hurley Church with a cheque towards the maintenance of the
graveyard. August 2014.
A flower box has
now been fitted to the village sign in Hurley.
This was a community project with the help of
Year 6 pupils from Hurley Primary School.
Pictures from around Hurley
Report on the Hurley Residents
meeting in October 2008
The meeting was well attended with
over 20 residents of Hurley Common dropping to see the proposals and to
discuss them with me. Generally residents understood the reasons why it
was not possible to introduce a 30mph speed limit into the village and
therefore that it would not be possible to install any physical traffic
calming in the form of speed humps or chicanes. There were a number of
issues which residents asked to be given further consideration, these
are itemised below.
- Introduce a speed limit to the section of Brick Kiln Lane between
Hurley and Hurley Common.
- Install improved bend warning signs on this stretch
- Introduce a flashing vehicle activated warning sign at the
approach to the village from Hurley.
- Introduce a flashing vehicle activated warning sign at the approach
to the village from Wood End.
- Enforcement of the existing speed limit and 7.5t weight limit.
- Concern over the size and speed of buses using Brick Kiln Lane
We have looked at each of these items
and we are able to address a number of them :-
- WCC's Transport Operations section who monitor Warwickshire's public
bus services will be writing to both Stagecoach and Arriva drawing
their attention to the concerns of residents and the Parish Council
regarding the excess speed of busses through the village.
- Warwickshire Police are always consulted as part of the process of
bringing the village speed limit review scheme into fruition. I
shall make sure that the request for improved Speed limit and Weight
limit enforcement are brought to their attention.
- I have discussed the introduction of a reduced speed limit between
Hurley and Hurley Common with the Road Safety Engineering Team. They
point the guidance from the DfT and consider that for speed limits
to be most effective they should be appropriate for the character of
the road and thereby ‘self enforcing’, as drivers base their speed
on the perception of the road environment and not on the speed limit
signing. Inappropriate limits are often ignored and make drivers
less willing to comply with the system generally. To adhere to a
speed limit therefore, the perception of a driver must be that they
see a change in the environment from rural to village. In the case
of Brick Kiln Lane between Hurley and Hurley Common, with the lack
of frontages and very small number of houses, there is little change
for a driver to observe and therefore any reduction in the speed
limit would not be effective. they are however willing to
investigate any improvements that may be appropriate to warning
drivers of the bend. This improved signing may be incorporated into
the Village speed Limit Review.
- The residents felt that two additional flashing vehicle activated
signs may be of benefit in alerting drivers to the speed limit. One
situated on the approach to the village from Hurley and one at the
opposite end of the village for traffic approaching from Wood End
after the speed limit signs. Vehicle
activated signs should not be a substitute for conventional signs
and they should therefore only be used sparingly. Over use of
the flashing signs can lead to a reduction in their effectiveness. A
pair of signs are already proposed for the semi rural stretch of
Brick Kiln Lane in the middle of the village to reinforce awareness
of the 40mph speed limit. The guidance from the DfT states that
vehicle activated signs should only be
deployed where there is evidence that the problem cannot be remedied
by improving the fixed signing. The DfT go on to advise that
permanent conventional signs should be installed first and if the
problem with the associated hazard persists, then a flashing
vehicle activated warning sign can then
be considered. We propose to install two village 'Gateways' with
improved road markings and speed limit signage designed to enhance
the change of environment from rural to village, making it much more
conspicuous than at present and giving a stronger message to drivers
to reduce speed.
I suggest that
additional flashing vehicle
activated warning signs should only be
introduced if, after the scheme as it is has been constructed and its
effectiveness monitored, that vehicle speed results for the each end of
the village indicate that further measures need to be taken to reduce
traffic speed to within the speed limit. A monitoring survey would take
place approximately 6 months after completion. I propose to carry out an
additional speed survey at the Hurley end of the village adjacent to the
houses prior to construction of the scheme in order to be able to
compare results (we already have survey results from the Wood End end of
Should the Parish
Council wish to discuss any further issues relating to the Village Speed
Limit I will be more than happy to answer them, however I am anxious to
progress the scheme to the formal consultation stage. I would be
grateful if the Parish Council would confirm whether or not this is that
this is acceptable.
I have attached a copy
of the latest plan of the proposals for the Village Speed Limit Review
below. Should you require any further information please do not hesitate
to contact me.
Village Speed Limit Review
Traffic Projects Group
Traffic Projects '
Environment and Economy
Warwickshire County Council
Latest proposals following meeting are below
Downloads\H Traffic A_VILLAG Hurley Common Drawings Proposed Nov
08.pdf click here
Hurley is situated
11 miles north-east of Birmingham and its name means ‘a clearing in
Hurley Church is
situated at the top of a hill and is a small wooden structure. It
was built about 1860.
The Holly Bush Inn
used to have steps up to its front door and it overlooked the Bull
Ring where the village stocks were sited.
Dexter colliery was
sunk on the south side of the village in the mid 1920’s and was
demolished in 1987.
On the outskirts of
the village, where a brook flows through a spinney to the river Tame
at Kingsbury, is the site of an old paper mill.
hyperlink on the left to access Hurley Community Association's website.