Raunds Sign Safety Update

Last month there were a number of people in Raunds who raised concerns over driver safety for the new sign that has been positioned outside of the Town Council building, and facing oncoming traffic from the Stanwick direction.

A petition was raised to request the Council to look at moving the position of the sign.  The complaint was also sent to the Planning Enforcement team at ENC and it was at that point that, it was agreed to pause promoting the petition whilst the Highways Authority conducted an assessment following the installment.

Highways have visited and, although they do not object to the location of the sign they have asked for some amendments on the display itself. The update from the Highways Authority is as below:

At the meeting [with Raunds Town Council] the settings for the digital sign were adjusted so that the display changes every 15 seconds and that the letters appear from bottom to top.  The previous setting had a text change every 5 seconds which may have been seen as a flash to drivers which could be distracting.  We agreed that the text messages would be displayed with the adjusted setting which did not show any flash at all.

East Northamptonshire Council Planning have now concluded:

As the signage now meets the standard condition as regards not causing a hazard to vehicles, the advertisement is now compliant with the advertisement regulation and permitted development rights.

There has been no comment from Raunds Town Council regarding why such an assessment was not initially conducted

If you are still unhappy that the sign poses a risk of safety following these changes we will leave the current petition open, which can be accessed by clicking here

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15 thoughts on “Raunds Sign Safety Update

  • Paul Evans
    16th April 2018 at 3:39 pm
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    That’s brilliant, well done everyone! A major threat to the safety of the people in Raunds has been resolved within a week.
    Can’t wait until this time next week when we’ve also resolved the flooding down Brick Kiln, fixed all the pot holes in all the local roads, locked up the crack/smack dealers in the flats up Coggins Close and cured all the littering/vandalism in the public areas that cost thousands each year to deal with. Give each other a big pat on the back!

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    • Paul Evans
      16th April 2018 at 11:34 pm
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      Couldn’t agree more. I always pick up after my two dogs, but I’m getting real pissed with the amount left on the footpaths around town, or hanging in plastic bags down Meadow lane. Seriously, why bag it and hang it, who do people think is going to collect it, the dog shit fairy?

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    • James Thorburn
      16th April 2018 at 3:56 pm
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      Couldn’t agree more. For those that wouldn’t read a text while driving why try and read a automated information sign? I personally don’t see what the problem was.

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  • Shane Rouse
    16th April 2018 at 3:53 pm
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    It really shouldn’t surprise me by now how much spare time the people of Raunds have on their hands. Spending time getting a pointless petition together for such a petty thing when as Paul said there are so many other real problems that actually need to be addressed in Raunds, but no they choose something totally pointless to waste their efforts on.

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    • Marion Hind
      16th April 2018 at 6:58 pm
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      Why bother carrying on with a petition about something that was safe to begin with and is now even safer?

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    • Olivia Allen
      17th April 2018 at 11:55 am
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      Agreed. Complain about the money it’s cost etc… and then start a petition to spend more money to move it 😂

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  • Lindsay Sellick
    16th April 2018 at 4:12 pm
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    Feeling quite proud that I’ve managed to drive past it several times a day without crashing! 😂😂

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  • Trisha Thomas
    16th April 2018 at 4:45 pm
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    So basically a sign that Raunds Council said was safe, has been found to be safe! I hope that the council havent had to spend even more money proving it was safe just to stop somebody who had too much time on there hands from moaning.

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  • Chelsie Louise Buckley
    16th April 2018 at 6:28 pm
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    Oh for god sake 😂 I drove past there many of times and had no problem reading the road and the sign because let’s face it you should be reading the road before reaching your actual destination where the sign would be 😂

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