Parish Councillor co-option.
The casual vacancy of the Parish Council has now been filled. The Parish Council co-opted Mr Chris Gale onto the council at the beginning of the meeting. Mr Gale was the only candidate to apply. The Parish Council now have a full compliment of councillors. Mr Gale has no previous experience as a councillor so will require training regarding a Parish Councillors duties
The Parish Council have agreed restoration of the finger-posts around Bryanston is a priority during the coming year. There are three finger-posts that service Bryanston. Each finger-post has up to three arms with distance and direction information. Because Bryanston is an ANOB any refurbishment of finger-posts must comply to set standards. Match funding has been applied for to reduce the costs to the village. The top roundel often carries the map grid reference information and these are also missing from all three of the finger-posts.
Bryanston School features on some of the finger-posts and the Parish Council have contacted the School to request help with the refurbishment. It has been estimated the project could cost between twelve and fifteen hundred pound to refurbish all three.
Wear something bright. It could save your life
As the dark nights draw-in motorists and in particular pedestrians have to take extra care when using roads in and around Bryanston. Pedestrians often insist on walking on the edge of a road to avoid wet or muddy shoes if there is no pavement. Think of it from the motorists point of view. How visible are you on an unlit road?
Many studies have investigated the exact distance at which normal headlamps permit pedestrian detection. There is no single estimate because the distance is a function of many factors, including pedestrian clothing and location, and driver age and expectation.
In one study, the average driver saw dark-clothed pedestrians standing “a foot or two” to the right of the car at a range of 150 feet while 90% of the drivers fell in a range from 50-250 feet. When pedestrians stood to the left, the visibility distances halved. Using some reasonable assumptions, the authors concluded that a driver traveling 55 mph would fail to see a pedestrian on the right in time to avoid collision 45% of the time. If the pedestrian is standing to the left, the number grows to 95% - the driver will almost always hit the pedestrian.
Switching from dark clothing to a white vest markedly improved visibility. Drivers then detected pedestrians on the right at about 300 feet and pedestrians on the left at about 200 feet. Theoretically, the vest reduces the number of accidents to 3% right and 9% left, or an improvement by a factor of 10.
The benefit of lighter clothing is to be expected since detection depends on the amount of light reflected from the pedestrian back to the driver’s eye. This, in turn, is the amount of light falling on the pedestrian multiplied by reflectivity of the clothing. Pedestrians could be made more visible either by being more brightly illuminated by a closer headlamp or by wearing lighter, more reflective clothing.
Dodging showers on the village litter-pick
Armed with their trusty tongs, waterproof jackets and gloves six litter-pickers dodged the showers to complete the litter-pick around 90 mind. The showers were short lived and the sunshine was very much appreciated by all.
There has been a noticeable drop in general rubbish and litter this year with around 7 bin-liners. Still dominant is the alluminium foil can but the wax paper coffee cup and the polystyrene box has become numerous. New Road produced the most abundant quantity of cans and crisp bags.
More worrying is the growing number of dog-mess bags left lying around the paths and grassed areas where children would play. Dog owners seem to think that bagging the mess is good enough there being no need to dispose of it properly.
The cut through into Bryanston School on the immediate right as you enter the village seems to be the worst. Numerous bags of bagged-dog-poo litter the path. Some hanging on branches where they have been thrown into the woods. There is no excuse as only a few meters away is a dog mess bin. It is obvious as it is right next to the Bryanston Village sign.
Plea to dog owners: Please take your dog mess home or make sure you dispose of it in a responsible manner. Have a care for the children in the village and the beauty of the natural environment. We should not have to police this problem but if that’s what it takes... then so be it. Many thanks to all who took part in the litter-pick.
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