Meeting the demands of modern day traffic management in a historic location without detracting from the aesthetics is a challenge.
But it is a challenge that Northumberland County Council has successfully met in Bamburgh by carrying out a number of improvements, including replacing parking and vehicle access demarcation lines with a new granite sett system that complements the historic setting.
The council wanted to define and edge out three parking bays and a vehicle access way at the front of the Wyndenwell in the centre of the village. Yellow or white lines are not really in keeping with the street scene, and although the use of granite setts would complement the historic setting, the local authority was concerned that installation of traditional granite setts would mean lengthy road closures.
The solution was the installation of Quicksetts - moulded blocks that incorporate granite and, where appropriate, bauxite chippings. Conceived by Quicksetts and manufactured by Jobling Purser, Quicksetts look just like traditional granite setts, but installation is fast and efficient.
The product, which simply adheres to any existing asphalt or concrete, is designed to be a one-day solution. Paul McKenna, senior transport projects engineer of Northumberland County council, said: “We wanted parking zones that were visually obvious but that did not adversely affect the local historic setting. We also wanted a system that could be installed quickly and cost efficiently. This tall order was met by using Quicksetts which were installed in a matter of hours.”
This Quicksetts scheme was undertaken as a trial with a view to rolling it out in other areas of the village.
Mr McKenna added: “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.”