Hit the road, Jack - getting the Local Highways bids IN!
The County Council each year runs a competition for Local Highways Initiatives, which are ideas from villages on improvements to safety and traffic flow which the parish councils could not do on their own, but which they would be willing to make a ten per cent contribution to. Its a very successful scheme that ensures road works are supported locally, and the element of competition has made villages up their game in thinking through what they really really want, as the Spice Girls used to sing.
This year discussions among parish councils in my patch have included joint bids for making back roads between villages safer for cyclists and pedestrians, making the area round a bust school drop-off point safer, 20MPH restrictions in villages, zebra crossings, and lowering speed limits so that you get a buffering from no limit, to 40mph, to 30 mph.
This year the county council isnt looking for complete solutions - it is looking for an outline of the issue and some suggested lines of enquiry to a solution. This makes a lot of sense as why would you otherwise employ people like highways engineers to come up with the solutions. The deadline is the end of the month and I am encouraging the villages to apply - because if you don't ask you don't get.