Helping rural local food producers and communities

Good markets not only provide local food for local people, they contribute to making Norfolk distinct, they provide a meeting place and a chance for people to reconnect with the countryside and take pride in the skilled local people who work in it.

They also extend vital opportunities for small local producers, especially in the first few years of trading, to sell direct and test the market in a well ordered and regulated arena where customers can buy with confidence Farmers Markets in Norfolk have a loyal following of local customers, but in one of England's most rural counties where small market towns are surrounded by miles and miles of beautiful countryside and few inhabitants, we need to be able to attract more footfall in terms of passing trade.

Norfolk tourism is booming  and allowing well designed temporary signage would be an effective solution that would enable small producers to regularly benefit directly from some of the £2.5bn that is spent each year in the county by visitors. Ultimately it is the economic sustainability of very rural communities that is at stake.

Why is this idea important?

Good markets not only provide local food for local people, they contribute to making Norfolk distinct, they provide a meeting place and a chance for people to reconnect with the countryside and take pride in the skilled local people who work in it.

They also extend vital opportunities for small local producers, especially in the first few years of trading, to sell direct and test the market in a well ordered and regulated arena where customers can buy with confidence Farmers Markets in Norfolk have a loyal following of local customers, but in one of England's most rural counties where small market towns are surrounded by miles and miles of beautiful countryside and few inhabitants, we need to be able to attract more footfall in terms of passing trade.

Norfolk tourism is booming  and allowing well designed temporary signage would be an effective solution that would enable small producers to regularly benefit directly from some of the £2.5bn that is spent each year in the county by visitors. Ultimately it is the economic sustainability of very rural communities that is at stake.

Stop Painting Roads

There are too many regulations governing the marking of roads.  Every different road use needs a different marking and each needs a sign to tell us what it means – and these markings and signs are too frequent, and cost a huge amount to implement.

 

Why is this idea important?

There are too many regulations governing the marking of roads.  Every different road use needs a different marking and each needs a sign to tell us what it means – and these markings and signs are too frequent, and cost a huge amount to implement.

 

Repeal the legislation that requires no-smoking signs to be displayed at entrance to all public venues

I agree with the law that bans smoking in public places. BUT  please repeal the law that requires a non-smoking sign to be displayed at the entrance to all public venues.

Why is this idea important?

I agree with the law that bans smoking in public places. BUT  please repeal the law that requires a non-smoking sign to be displayed at the entrance to all public venues.

Smoking Ban – signage requirements

Given the blanket smoking ban imposed by the last Government,  why are signs needed on every premises saying that smoking is banned. As long as the ban exists, it is obvious that smoking is not allowed inside the premises.

 

Before the ban, you did not see "No smoking" signs at entrances to churches, schools etc, it was obviousl to everyone that it was not allowed. It is just another example of the nanny state.

Why is this idea important?

Given the blanket smoking ban imposed by the last Government,  why are signs needed on every premises saying that smoking is banned. As long as the ban exists, it is obvious that smoking is not allowed inside the premises.

 

Before the ban, you did not see "No smoking" signs at entrances to churches, schools etc, it was obviousl to everyone that it was not allowed. It is just another example of the nanny state.

Allow metres rather than yards on distance signs

At present, the Weights and Measures Act requires local authorities and others to use yards rather than metres in signs measuring distance (although this is not often enforced against private companies, local authorities and government agencies tend to follow the legal requirement).

The relevant sections of the Act should be repealed to permit (not force) the use of metres instead of yards, where local authorities and others responsible for signage think it is appropriate. 

Why is this idea important?

At present, the Weights and Measures Act requires local authorities and others to use yards rather than metres in signs measuring distance (although this is not often enforced against private companies, local authorities and government agencies tend to follow the legal requirement).

The relevant sections of the Act should be repealed to permit (not force) the use of metres instead of yards, where local authorities and others responsible for signage think it is appropriate. 

Make life easier for motor vechcles AND save money

Get rid of:

  • Speed bumps – high cost, but most drivers pass over them without problem – and they can cause noise and pollution;
  • Raised junctions / speed cushions – make no practical difference to anyone, road user or pedestriains, but must cost a fortune ( see this link for what these things are: http://www.redbridge.gov.uk/cms/parking_rubbish_and_streets/general_street_information/road_and_traffic_safety/traffic_calming_measures.aspx )
  • The sea of traffic signs and street furniture;
  • Parking regulations, where parking wouldn't disturb anyone;
  • MOTs every year – two yearly works fine in other European countries;
  • Car tax discs, get the money from petrol tax, on a tax neutral basis- save on the administration;
  • Traffic lights at minor junctions – use white paint for a mini roundabout – cheaper and traffic flows more efficiently. How many times have we all sat at red, with no other traffic to be seen?
  • Red traffic lights outside of the rush hour, on less busy roads – have them flash amber, signalling proceed with caution. Again works well elsewhere in the world, why not here? How many times have we all sat at red, with no other traffic to be seen?

Why is this idea important?

Get rid of:

  • Speed bumps – high cost, but most drivers pass over them without problem – and they can cause noise and pollution;
  • Raised junctions / speed cushions – make no practical difference to anyone, road user or pedestriains, but must cost a fortune ( see this link for what these things are: http://www.redbridge.gov.uk/cms/parking_rubbish_and_streets/general_street_information/road_and_traffic_safety/traffic_calming_measures.aspx )
  • The sea of traffic signs and street furniture;
  • Parking regulations, where parking wouldn't disturb anyone;
  • MOTs every year – two yearly works fine in other European countries;
  • Car tax discs, get the money from petrol tax, on a tax neutral basis- save on the administration;
  • Traffic lights at minor junctions – use white paint for a mini roundabout – cheaper and traffic flows more efficiently. How many times have we all sat at red, with no other traffic to be seen?
  • Red traffic lights outside of the rush hour, on less busy roads – have them flash amber, signalling proceed with caution. Again works well elsewhere in the world, why not here? How many times have we all sat at red, with no other traffic to be seen?

Unfettered outdoor advertisement

PROPOSAL

Repeal the Town and Country Planning (Control of Advertisement) Regulations, the roadside advertisement provisions of the Highways Act and teh Clean Neighbourhood and Environment Act.

REASON

This is the most universal form of civil disobedience and criminal negligence carried out across Britain today.  It is ignored by the tens of thousands of perpetrators and beneficiaries,

It is also actively and negligently disregarded and tacitly accepted by all the Government Agencies from the Planning Officers, Environmental Health Officers, Highways Inspectors and others charged with control and enforcement. 

 

Why is this idea important?

PROPOSAL

Repeal the Town and Country Planning (Control of Advertisement) Regulations, the roadside advertisement provisions of the Highways Act and teh Clean Neighbourhood and Environment Act.

REASON

This is the most universal form of civil disobedience and criminal negligence carried out across Britain today.  It is ignored by the tens of thousands of perpetrators and beneficiaries,

It is also actively and negligently disregarded and tacitly accepted by all the Government Agencies from the Planning Officers, Environmental Health Officers, Highways Inspectors and others charged with control and enforcement. 

 

Rationalising Road and Street Signs, and Traffic Lights

Ove recent years, the number and size of road and street signs has mushroomed to the point where we are now presented with a visual blitz of messages all competing for our attention.

Most of them are there for ostensibly safety reasons, but the sheer number means that the really important messages get lost in a visual mess of competing signs.

This mess of signage also greatly degrades the appearnce of many of our towns.

We need to revise whatever regulations or standards govern the placement of signs, and start to eliminate those signs which add little value, leaving only that that are vital for safety or direction-giving.

For example, at a large roundabout near me, at the junction of the A10 and the A14, for each stram of traffic joining the roundabout there are an amazing SIX sets of IDENTICAL lights – two sets on different levels on eacvh of three poles; one on each side of the road, and one on the roundabout! A single set on the roundabout is quite sufficient.

Why is this idea important?

Ove recent years, the number and size of road and street signs has mushroomed to the point where we are now presented with a visual blitz of messages all competing for our attention.

Most of them are there for ostensibly safety reasons, but the sheer number means that the really important messages get lost in a visual mess of competing signs.

This mess of signage also greatly degrades the appearnce of many of our towns.

We need to revise whatever regulations or standards govern the placement of signs, and start to eliminate those signs which add little value, leaving only that that are vital for safety or direction-giving.

For example, at a large roundabout near me, at the junction of the A10 and the A14, for each stram of traffic joining the roundabout there are an amazing SIX sets of IDENTICAL lights – two sets on different levels on eacvh of three poles; one on each side of the road, and one on the roundabout! A single set on the roundabout is quite sufficient.

Placement of Speed Limit Signs

Speed limit signs are placed where it is easy to overlook them.

It is a habit for councils to place speed limit signs on junctions, such as the exit points of roundabouts, where a motorist's attention is being used to check the route for hazards , e.g. pedestrians, and other traffic so it is very easy to miss the speed limit signs. Unfortunately it  also seem to be the habit of mobile speed cameras to target motorists within the first few yards of speed limits.

A solution to this would be to place speed limit signs a minimum distance
from the junction, so for example on the exits to a roundabout place the
signs 50 yards/meters away from the exit point. The speed limit should also be painted on the road at the entrance to a speed limit zone. This would ensure motorists
would not be distracted by other events and would then proceed at the safe
speed for the conditions.

I note that our local authority does not like to place pedestrian crossing
close to a roundabout exit as they realise the dangers of having the
crossings too close to the roundabout when the motorist is multitasking.

Why is this idea important?

Speed limit signs are placed where it is easy to overlook them.

It is a habit for councils to place speed limit signs on junctions, such as the exit points of roundabouts, where a motorist's attention is being used to check the route for hazards , e.g. pedestrians, and other traffic so it is very easy to miss the speed limit signs. Unfortunately it  also seem to be the habit of mobile speed cameras to target motorists within the first few yards of speed limits.

A solution to this would be to place speed limit signs a minimum distance
from the junction, so for example on the exits to a roundabout place the
signs 50 yards/meters away from the exit point. The speed limit should also be painted on the road at the entrance to a speed limit zone. This would ensure motorists
would not be distracted by other events and would then proceed at the safe
speed for the conditions.

I note that our local authority does not like to place pedestrian crossing
close to a roundabout exit as they realise the dangers of having the
crossings too close to the roundabout when the motorist is multitasking.

Smoking Signage – unnecessary

Why? We all know its illegal to smoke inside a commercial premises or an office block. So why the rules for signage?

There are far too many rules relating to signs and notices that are not read and blight the high street. Start improving the commercial and regulatory environment by removing the need for this one in places where it is not necessary.

Why is this idea important?

Why? We all know its illegal to smoke inside a commercial premises or an office block. So why the rules for signage?

There are far too many rules relating to signs and notices that are not read and blight the high street. Start improving the commercial and regulatory environment by removing the need for this one in places where it is not necessary.

Removing unnecessary signs

At  my local Railway Station are brand new signs on the footbridge telling people to be careful.There are signs all over the place telling people to do what ought to be obvious.

rolled out over the country this must be quite an unnecessary expense.

And Why?  because they are frightened of being sued.

1  Get rid of the health and safety legislation it is counter productive.

2 Get rid of the Human rights act (This seems to give some people more rights than others).

3Alter the terrorist laws so that they don't impede photographers from taking pictures.

Why is this idea important?

At  my local Railway Station are brand new signs on the footbridge telling people to be careful.There are signs all over the place telling people to do what ought to be obvious.

rolled out over the country this must be quite an unnecessary expense.

And Why?  because they are frightened of being sued.

1  Get rid of the health and safety legislation it is counter productive.

2 Get rid of the Human rights act (This seems to give some people more rights than others).

3Alter the terrorist laws so that they don't impede photographers from taking pictures.

Fuel brands on motorway service area signs

For some reason, motorway service areas are allowed to display their brand of coffee on motorway service area advance warning signs, but not allowed to display the brand of fuel sold on the advance warning signs on motorways.

In France, they display the next 3 service areas and the brand of fuel sold at each and that reduces the chance of fuel card holders running out of fuel on the motorway.

We run coaches and the drivers have to sometimes take a coach full of passengers off the motorway just to see if the service area supports their brand of fuel card.

Why is this idea important?

For some reason, motorway service areas are allowed to display their brand of coffee on motorway service area advance warning signs, but not allowed to display the brand of fuel sold on the advance warning signs on motorways.

In France, they display the next 3 service areas and the brand of fuel sold at each and that reduces the chance of fuel card holders running out of fuel on the motorway.

We run coaches and the drivers have to sometimes take a coach full of passengers off the motorway just to see if the service area supports their brand of fuel card.

Abolish regulation requiring no smoking signs in all public buildings

The 2007 smoking ban came with a totally unnecessary regulation that all public places must have a specific sign at the entrance. The regulation was called the Smoke-free (Signs) Regulations 2007. This included places such as churches where no-one ever smokes as well as all businesses and buildings run by volunteers.

In theory those in charge of buildings without signs can be fined £1,000. In practice this never happens but the regulation still exists.

The law abiding British public know that it is against the law to smoke in a public place and observe the ban diligently. These signs were unnecessary the day the ban came in to place and are unnecessary now.

Most people are happy with the ban and this suggestion is in no way meant to undermine it.
 

Why is this idea important?

The 2007 smoking ban came with a totally unnecessary regulation that all public places must have a specific sign at the entrance. The regulation was called the Smoke-free (Signs) Regulations 2007. This included places such as churches where no-one ever smokes as well as all businesses and buildings run by volunteers.

In theory those in charge of buildings without signs can be fined £1,000. In practice this never happens but the regulation still exists.

The law abiding British public know that it is against the law to smoke in a public place and observe the ban diligently. These signs were unnecessary the day the ban came in to place and are unnecessary now.

Most people are happy with the ban and this suggestion is in no way meant to undermine it.
 

Unecessary no-smoking signs

The legal requirement that "All smokefree public places, workplaces and vehicles are required to display no-smoking signs that meet the requirements that are set out in the Smoke-free (Signs) Regulations" should be repealed.

The law is quite clear – what we don't need is to make it a further offence to fail to display signs to this effect outside churches (!), shops, etc, or inside offices and vehicles.

Why is this idea important?

The legal requirement that "All smokefree public places, workplaces and vehicles are required to display no-smoking signs that meet the requirements that are set out in the Smoke-free (Signs) Regulations" should be repealed.

The law is quite clear – what we don't need is to make it a further offence to fail to display signs to this effect outside churches (!), shops, etc, or inside offices and vehicles.

Remove all the 32 people killed in 3 years type roadsigns

Putting such specific information on a roadsign is unnecessary and it must be remembered that those were real people and the relatives of those people may not necessarily wish to be reminded every single day of their loss. If you wish to remind people that a road is dangerous the current road signs using symbols are adequate. To the people who have not lost someone these signs soon become background very quickly hence are useless, and a grss waste of money. I would like to know how much has been spent on these in the last 5 years.

Why is this idea important?

Putting such specific information on a roadsign is unnecessary and it must be remembered that those were real people and the relatives of those people may not necessarily wish to be reminded every single day of their loss. If you wish to remind people that a road is dangerous the current road signs using symbols are adequate. To the people who have not lost someone these signs soon become background very quickly hence are useless, and a grss waste of money. I would like to know how much has been spent on these in the last 5 years.