Traffic calming

Traffic calming in Bourton

Villagers will be aware of the increasing rush-hour road traffic flow through the village, especially during term times.  The Parish Council has been working on possible traffic calming schemes to reduce and slow down the traffic travelling through the village and has now agreed a two-stage approach to deal with this important issue.

First, a ‘build-out’ is scheduled to be built on the Bishopstone Road, close to the church, to restrict and slow down traffic.  This has been funded through a generous donation from Pinewood School.

Second, a part-time one-way system will be put in place for all road traffic in the village.  Traffic will only enter the village from the Avenue and Lower Bourton and exit along the Bishopstone Road.  To minimise the inconvenience to some of the villagers affected, the one-way system will only operate during term times.  It will be important therefore for everyone to keep informed of term dates, which will be displayed prominently on the village and school websites.  The first date of operation will be the start of the Summer term.

The following map shows the term-time traffic flows:

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Important Parish Council news: Bourton is twinned with….

We are delighted to announce an exciting initiative from the Parish Council – twinning with another community outside the UK.

Villagers will be familiar with the concept of community twinning – bringing communities together across borders and promoting friendship and co-operation.  For example, Swindon is twinned with Salzgitter in Germany, Shrivenham is twinned with Mortrée in France and Bishopstone recently announced they have twinned with Detroit in the USA.

To make sure Bourton doesn’t lose out from these important international connections, the Parish Council is seeking a suitable community to twin with.  After extensive research, the current shortlist includes:

  • Saint-Tropez, France
  • Barcelona, Spain and
  • Dubai

We have scheduled a series of fact-finding visits to these locations (two other possible places in Switzerland and Austria are due to be seen much later in the year).  Villagers can rest assured that costs will be kept to a minimum with only three councillors going to each location for a maximum of two weeks.

Watch this space for news of how we get on.   Adiós!