Trying to combine a historic setting with modern-day traffic management has seen a novel approach used in a north Northumberland village.
Keen to minimise the impact in Bamburgh, Northumberland County Council has carried out a number of improvements including reducing street clutter by removing more than 50 signs and replacing parking and vehicle access lines with a new granite sett system.
The council wanted to define three parking bays and a vehicle access at the front of the Wyndenwell in the centre of the village and while the use of granite setts would complement the historic setting, the council was concerned that the installation would mean lengthy road closures and disruption for residents, visitors and local businesses.
The solution was the installation of Quicksetts, manufactured by Jobling Purser.
They look just like traditional granite setts, but their installation is fast and efficient.
Paul McKenna, senior transport projects engineer at the county council, said: “This initial Quicksetts scheme was undertaken as a trial with a view to rolling it out in other areas of the village.
“The success of the scheme in terms of its fast installation, its complementary appearance and the positive feedback from the local parish council and businesses means that we will be considering using Quicksetts for other historic locations.”