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Residents call for cut in speed

RESIDENTS in Ashleigh Road are calling for the council to put the brakes on speeding drivers.

RESIDENTS in Ashleigh Road are calling for the council to put the brakes on speeding drivers.

Many drivers use the street as a shortcut and there have been a number of accidents in the past. The traffic is of particular concern to the elderly people who live in Abbeyfield Home.

Recently around 100 residents have signed a petition, lobbying the local authority to introduce a 20mph speed limit.

Coun Leela Widger (Lib Dem, Silhill), who is backing residents, said: “The support for the petition reflects the concern felt by residents about the risks associated with excessive speeding in Ashleigh Road. It is important that the council revisits its position and acts on residents’ concerns.”

Complaints about speeding drivers date back to the 1990s and residents were frustrated when the council recently slashed the speed limit in several residential areas, but not Ashleigh Road.

Bruce Stone, a resident for over 20 years, said: “The speeding issue is compounded by the problem of dangerously parked mini cabs which create an obstruction at the junction. Councillor Leela Widger has supported residents all the way in these matters and we are hopeful that the council will introduce a 20mph speed limit to improve safety.”

Coun Ted Richards, cabinet member for transport and highways, said: “We have not had a specific request to introduce a 20mph speed limit along Ashleigh Road or the roads that join it. However, we know that residents have raised concerns over recent years following several incidents at the junction of Ashleigh Road and Silhill Hall Road.

“We have listened to these concerns and introduced a number of measures including anti-skid surfacing, improved signage and more recently, a road hump on the Silhill Hall Road approach to the junction.

“At the moment, we would not be able to introduce a 20mph speed limit at this location without also putting in additional measures such as road humps. Residents have told us that they are not keen on the introduction of humps and the road is also an important emergency access route from the nearby fire station.

“We are awaiting new guidance from the Government about the use of 20mph speed limits following pilot projects that have taken place in other parts of the country. Once we have received this guidance, it will help us to consider the use of 20mph speed limits across the borough including Ashleigh Road.”



Cathrina Hulse
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