Speedy fix to rat run urged
POLITICAL infighting is delaying vital traffic calming measures being installed on a dangerous road in Hook as parents fear for their children’s safety.
People living around the C414 in Hook have become desperate in their fight to slow traffic in the 30 mile an hour zone after a metro count last year showed 40 per cent of motorists on the road were speeding.
Schemes have been proposed by Wiltshire Council and residents themselves, which the parish council has rejected.
Lydiard Tregoze Parish Council is complaining that it has not yet received the speed indicator device it is entitled to, and is pushing for its own scheme for the area.
Peter Willis, chairman of the parish council, said: “The scheme Wiltshire Council have given us we are not happy with. The problem in the village is that there are numerous people breaking the speed limit.
“Wiltshire Council did a metro count in May last year and 40 per cent of motorists were in excess of the speed limit.
“That entitles us to have a speed indicator device installed, which lights up when traffic passes. That was promised to us in May last year, and has still not materialised.
“What we would like to see is keep left bollards in two positions going through the village. We think if there were traffic islands in the village it would appear to drivers that the road is narrower and they would be forced to slow down. It would also give pedestrians some respite from the traffic.
“But the scheme that Wiltshire Council have proposed is two drop curbs by the village hall, and that is it. Traffic comes into the village at speed, and where they propose to put the drop curbs is a blind corner. I think it would be quite lethal.
“It has to go before the Community Action Transport Group, which is meeting again next month.
“The only plan I have heard from residents has proposed that they have a priority system. We think that that is not a goer because of the volume of traffic going down the road, which would block it up completely.
“Wiltshire Council are trying to do it as cheaply as possible, whereas it is going to cost a little bit more to put traffic bollards in.”
But Louise Craven, 38, of Hook, thinks the parish council is dragging its heels in rectifying the problem.
She said: “They are not doing anything about this because they do not want to see any change in the village. Every time we propose something to them they turn it down.
“It is very frustrating the council are not heeding our calls. We have been talking to them about this for two years, but nothing has been done.”
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