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Hills Amenity Society charged with designing signs for Conservation Area


THE HILLS AMENITY SOCIETY’s long term wish for signs showing the start of the Conservation Area is enshrined in three documents published by Epping Forest District Council during the summer.
The responsibility for designing the signs is laid firmly at the door of the Society, as we requested in the draft documents.
The Appraisal Working Party suggested signs at the main entry points to the Hills coupled with a general speed restriction of 20mph, a proposal generally well received and supported by residents.  Comments received are on our website.
Road signs might be amended to include recognition of the conservation area as in Wanstead (see picture).
The working group also agreed  it would be good to include a warning to lorries.  The Hills Committee would like to hear from you if you would like to design a sign along the lines of the illustration below:

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Campaign for 20mph speed limit


The Appraisals produced by Hills Amenity Society strongly recommend a 20mph speed limit for the three conservation areas and the roads immediately off them – something we are still a long way from convincing the authorities is necessary.

The Council view apparently is that the number of parked cars alone is sufficient to persuade motorists to drive slowly.  ”Yeah, right…..” as one resident put it. Just try taking your children to school, negotiating prams along pavements blocked by parked cars or chancing your life in a wheelchair.

If you support the Hills Amenity Society campaign for a 20mph speed limit and stricter controls on parked vehicles please submit your comments to i.locks@btinternet.com.

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The speed limit down Baldwins Hill and York Hill should be 20 mph.  We live in Baldwins Hill and when we walk our children to school nearly every day we have to make a dive for it down York Hill to avoid a collision with a speeding car coming up or down.  Also,  it doesn’t help that the cars speed down Baldwins Hill in the mornings when you’ve got to walk in the road because you cannot get past the parked cars on the pavement with a buggy. - Baldwins Hill Resident – Name and address supplied. 

I was walking up York Hill with two small grandchildren almost level with Kings Hill when a van came round the corner from the cottages so fast he did not even see us.  I flung myself across the two children against the car we were passing and felt the vehicle brush  against me.  I swill feel faint at the thought of what so nearly was.  - VJ. York Hill resident. Name and address supplied. 

The speed limit down Baldwins Hill and York Hill should be 20 mph.  We live in Baldwins Hill and when we walk our children to school nearly every day we have to make a dive for it down York Hill to avoid a collision with a speeding car coming up or down.  Also,  it doesn’t help that the cars speed down Baldwins Hill in the mornings when you’ve got to walk in the road because you cannot get past the parked cars on the pavement with a buggy. Baldwins Hill Resident – Name and Address Supplied 

Support entirely 20 mph for Baldwins Hill (live at 22). Beloved cat killed by speeding driver last year. Show me where opponents of this view are, and I will arrange an equally speedy demise for them. Only kidding; no, really.. John Lowe 

My family and I also live in Baldwins Hill and I’m pleased to see other residents share my thoughts that there should be speed bumps down our road. This would be the only credible way of slowing the speedsters down.Unfortunately like all these things it will probably take an accident before we see this though..i hope i’m very wrong ! R. Nelson. Baldwins Hill 

When is something going to be done about parking on the Kings Green pavement?  Now that vehicles park diagonally, frequently cars and large vehicles park right across the footpath up to the wall of the cottages.  Ridiculous!
I too support a lower speed limit in Baldwins Hill and sleeping policemen would also help.   The road is too narrow for speeding motorists M Purves, Baldwins Hill 

The cars parkdiagonally you frequently get huge vehicles pulled up almost touching the wall of the cottages and it is impossible to walk along the pavement.  Completely ridiculous… JB  Staples Road 

I think it should be 20 and not 25 as it has a better chance of reducing speeding. 20 is also a standard limit in other boroughs. Moreover I support traffic calming measures in York Hill as it is a question of when not if there is a collision with a pedestrian, due to the lack of pavements , and where there are pavements they are at times blocked with parked cars, forcing pedestrians onto the road. Even some residents tear up the hill with little consideration.  A. Golan, York Hill. 

Parking outside Fifteen at the bottom of York Hill is just ridiculous as the cars park right across the pavement forcing pedestrians to walk in the road.AM. Queens Road 

You can add this household to the list of those in favour of 20 mph speed limit signs. They wouldn’t make any difference to the speed of traffic, but they would represent sort of “boundary markers” which might make it more likely that peoples’ attention would be drawn to the fact that they are entering a “different” area. V. McDonald, Wallers Hoppet 

Yes I would like to see the 20 mile signs also sleeping policemen on Baldwins Hill it is used as a rat run and driven very fast especially in the night G. Lawrie, Baldwins Hill 

We would be very happy for the 20mph sign to go up. We worry for our children and the school children who use many of the roads, particularly York Hill. There are lots of “boy racers” who clearly do not respect the slow signs and the noise is irritating. Further we are beginning to find that people have started to park in crazy places. Opposite driveways so you can hardly reverse out, at tight points in the road on York Hill etc. Several times, I have had to reverse back down the hill and approach our house from other other end of the hill… AT – A York Hill Resident