William Rees Jeffreys wanted to provide for his life’s work to carried on after his death. The Rees Jeffreys Road Fund which his estate funded has the following objectives:
- To assist the provision of educational activities and access to studies that would lead to improvements in the design of highways and adjoining land;
- to promote engagement, co-ordination and the interchange of ideas between the designers and manufacturers of road vehicles, the land-use planning profession and highway engineers;
- to encourage improvements to existing roads and to promote improved design, efficiency and safety of new highways;
- to conserve and enhance the visual and environmental quality and diversity of the roadside environment.
Rees Jeffreys was not just interested in the existence of roads or their basic functionality. In the early part of his career the improvement he promoted was the sealing of the road surface, before which clouds of dust in Summer and mud in Winter made the roads hard to use, and created nuisance and health hazards for people in adjoining properties. He was also clear that the design of the road was a significant contributory factor to the worryingly high incidence of crashes, casualties and deaths that came with the growth of road traffic. He went on to consider how roads and associated structures could be more sympathetically designed, and to include roadside parks as places to stop and admire the view.
Click here to see the original Trust Deed.
Rees Jeffreys Road Fund – current times
The Trustees have now decided on a modern restatement of the Fund’s Objectives to ensure they remain relevant and understandable to applicants and other interested parties. This remains true to the original purposes of the Fund whilst providing a clear picture of the work it is currently looking to support. See RJRF Objectives Dec 2020