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« on: April 01, 2016, 01:54:06 AM »

The Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead has confirmed that sleeping policemen will be installed in the Dean to help enforce the new 30 mph limit imposed last year.
The announcement will give many local residents the hump, not least because there has been little or no consultation on the plan.
Nine of the Vertical Deflection Devices, as they are officially known, will be installed along Church Road and between Woodlands Farm and the Lower Road.  A further three will be laid on the gravel road surrounding the Old Cricket Common if the first phase is judged a success.
A spokesman for the Royal Borough’s Highways Department confirmed that lengthy talks have taken place with the organising committee of the annual Cookham Dean Gravity Grand Prix. “All their carts go faster than 30mph, but unfortunately we can’t change the speed limit for just one day - the Department of Transport don’t even have a box for us to tick for that on their intranet.”
He added: “The Gravity Grand Prix committee promised they would come back to me with alternative plans, but sadly it would seem they have done nothing, so we need to impose traffic calming measures of our own. To do nothing is not an option, because we cannot be seen to be condoning speeding.
“It really doesn't matter if your cart is powered by gravity or a jet engine, anyone going over 30 mph will be breaking the law and can expect points on their licence. The committee was warned last year that if they didn’t act to prevent speeding, then the council would have to step in and do it for them.”     
Responding to the comment, GGP committee member Peter Bartlett said: “This year we have made plans to introduce a chicane, as well as a ramp to celebrate leap year. The council have jumped the gun on this and imposed a solution no one wants. They should have given us more time to present our alternative proposal, which has far more local support.”
Celebrating its tenth year in 2016, the Gravity Grand Prix has become a popular local event, which sees up to 30 hand-built carts travel down Church Lane, powered by nothing more than gravity and the cheers from the crowd. This year will see the total contributions donated to charity top the £100,000 mark.
This year’s Gravity Grand Prix will be held on Sunday 11th September at 1:30 pm. The event is always in need of volunteers, so if you feel you can help please look at the volunteering section on the web site
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« Reply #1 on: April 01, 2016, 10:36:32 AM »

Someone's off their trolley!
In any case not all the policemen will be sleeping on Gravity Grand Prix day as I overheard that TVP's finest will be carrying out a Community Speedwatch operation at Uncle Toms on the day. Roll Eyes
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« Reply #2 on: April 01, 2016, 11:30:27 AM »

That one made me laugh, very good. Well done
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« Reply #3 on: April 01, 2016, 12:35:37 PM »

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« Reply #4 on: April 01, 2016, 07:52:30 PM »

Actually, there is a greater threat to the success of the downhill races as recently discovered by Dr. Samuel Carey. He has compiled data from recent research indicating the diameter of the earth is slowly increasing. From the formula Fg=G*M/R^2 it can be proved that, due to the greater distance we will become from the earth's centre, the force of gravity will naturally be lower. Far from installing humps in the Dean, we need to find a way of raising the height of the upper end of the race course to ensure speeds will be maintained for future events despite this unstoppable development of the planet.
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