Funding to end rat-run danger

This Is Wiltshire: Funding to end rat-run danger Funding to end rat-run danger

A SCHEME to tackle the “20-year-old problem” of speeding motorists cutting along Lansdown Road looks likely to finally go ahead after being allocated full funding by Swindon Council.

The residential road is parallel to Bath Road, which can be congested in rush hours, and so motorists try to save time by using it as a rat-run.

The road is also a popular route for children going to King William Street Primary School and residents have raised concerns over safety.

Earlier this year, ward councillors surveyed all 100 households in the road, with 95 per cent saying there was a speed problem, and asked them for ideas for road schemes to curb the problem.

Councillors held a public meeting at the Ashford Road Club, where the schemes were costed and presented to residents. This resulted in householders reaching a consensus on a £10,000 scheme for two speed tables and a 20mph zone in the road.

Now the central locality, comprised of ward councillors from Eastcott and central have allocated it full funding from a £25,000 highways budget, which was devolved to each locality. Another £10,000 is earmarked for the central ward, while the remainder is planned to be used for smaller highways works across the area.

Coun Dave Wood (Lib Dem, Eastcott) said: “I think it’s great news and certainly this issue is one that has been rolling on for 20 years and the council hasn’t been able to find a solution for it.

“When the locality highways funding was first suggested, my immediate reaction was this was the kind of scheme that would benefit from locality funding and it turned out to be absolutely the case.

“I’m very happy about it and the people from Lansdown Road are pleased that the council will be able to deliver something that’s been a priority for the community for 20 years, and they’ve never been able to allocate the money for it before.”

Coun Wood said officers would draw up a detailed scheme and take it out to a formal public consultation. Once finally approved, he hoped work would begin before Christmas.

Joanne Hyde, a grandmother-of-six who has lived in Lansdown Road for 22 years, said she wanted to thank ward councillors and police for their support in securing cash for a scheme that could save lives.

She said: “It’s a victory. I’m absolutely overjoyed with it because on school days you just don’t have peace of mind.

“Everybody is glad that something is being done. Everyone I have spoken to has said they didn’t actually think it was going to be successful.

“I think most people had given up because this issue has been going on for about 20 years.”

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9:50am Wed 19 Sep 12

nobody says...

If it is anything like the 20mph limit areas around town gardens then it will be a waste of money.
With no police to be seen anywhere many drivers just ignore the speed limit.
If it is anything like the 20mph limit areas around town gardens then it will be a waste of money. With no police to be seen anywhere many drivers just ignore the speed limit. nobody

1:48pm Wed 19 Sep 12

house on the hill says...

The problem is not the cars it is the idiots who drive them. The real issue is why as a society we are still so selfish as to feel that some laws dont apply to us or we can pick and choose which ones we choose to adhere to. We need better education and proper deterrents for those who dont feel the need to be responsible by choice. most ignore speed limits anyway.
The problem is not the cars it is the idiots who drive them. The real issue is why as a society we are still so selfish as to feel that some laws dont apply to us or we can pick and choose which ones we choose to adhere to. We need better education and proper deterrents for those who dont feel the need to be responsible by choice. most ignore speed limits anyway. house on the hill

9:20pm Wed 19 Sep 12

itsamess3 says...

I would have thought with sat/nav etc road sensors could restrict the speed by correlating the information to the vehicles computers and prevent any vehicle exceeding speed limits anywhere.
I would have thought with sat/nav etc road sensors could restrict the speed by correlating the information to the vehicles computers and prevent any vehicle exceeding speed limits anywhere. itsamess3

10:52pm Thu 20 Sep 12

female resident says...

£10,000???
£10,000??? female resident

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