Cut killer speeds in Devizes

This Is Wiltshire: Mark Steve, Sarah Brogden, Chris Waring and Nigel Waring, and Oliver Brogden protest at the 50mph speed limit in Horton Road Mark Steve, Sarah Brogden, Chris Waring and Nigel Waring, and Oliver Brogden protest at the 50mph speed limit in Horton Road

Calls are being made to put the speed limit on a busy country road back down to 30mph before someone is killed.

Wiltshire Council imposed a 30mph limit in Horton Road on the outskirts of Devizes when new houses were being built at the former Bureau West site off Horton Road last year.

But after the houses were completed earlier this year the speed limit went up to 50mph.

Now residents in Wellington Drive, Marlborough Close and the new development built by Redrow, have started a petition calling for the speed limit to go back to 30mph.

Sarah Brogden, a mother-of-two in Wellington Drive and spokesman for the campaign, said: “When the 30mph limit was put in place it worked. There was little or no overtaking along Horton Road and, for the most part, drivers kept to the speed limit.

“The 50mph limit is totally unsafe and unsuitable. The speed at which vehicles travel along the road is frightening. Three cats have been run over in recent months, the latest being a cat from Wellington Drive on September 1. “We fear there will be a fatal accident involving a child.”

She also said motorists were cutting through Bishops Cannings and using Horton Road to avoid queues on the A361 coming into Devizes Chris Waring, of Wellington Drive, whose cat Monty was the latest to be killed, said: “If the current speed limit of 50mph remains on the Horton Road this kind of loss could and will happen to many more of us at any time. “Almost certainly it will be a human life at stake next. Please kill this speed limit, not our kids and animals.”

This week in another twist Wiltshire Council told residents it is proposing to turn off and dim most of the new street lights installed in Horton Road to serve the 118-home Redrow estate following a complaint.

A spokesman for Wiltshire Council said: “The 30mph signs were authorised as a temporary measure for the construction phase of the new housing estate to take into account the number of construction vehicles entering in and out of the site. It was never the intention at that time to make it a permanent 30mph road.”

The spokesman said Devizes Area Board had already identified Horton Road to be the subject of a speed limit review and the council is collecting data and evidence and will make a recommendation about the speed limit early next year, following which there would be public consultation.

The spokesman added: “No decision has been taken in regard of the street lights. We received a complaint from a resident that the new street lights were unnecessary and intrusive. Before making any decision on whether the lights could be dimmed or partially switched off at night we are contacting all residents so we get as many views as possible.”

The 30mph petition is on Wiltshire Council’s website while there is also a Facebook page called Horton Road 30. A paper petition is also circulating in the area.

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1:46pm Fri 14 Sep 12

BishopsCannings says...

I agree with the above story (my husband was knocked down and seriously injured on the Horton Road about 11 years ago), but also think that if a 30mph speed limit is to be introduced on this wider Horton Road then it would be equally necessary and fair to extend the extent of the 30mph speed limit through the village of Bishops Cannings further towards the Horton Rd and to encompass the homes towards the edge of this side of the village - this road is very narrow has a huge double decker bus speeding down it hourly and is used as a cut through to the Beckhampton / Blacklands Road constantly. People drive like lunatics through the village and the level of traffic has increased significantly since the development opposite Wellington Drive was occupied. Our village should not be left unprotected in this way. When the speed check surveys are carried out the device is placed in the narrowest parts of the road in the village and so will always fail to reveal the true speeds of motorists passing through the village. For the record, I have seen many more than 3 dead cats on our tiny village road, and even had to remove one from the road myself so its owners could find it in a half decent state rather than flattened by the bullish bus drivers and other speeding cars who don't care about others safety or causing injuries to pets.
I agree with the above story (my husband was knocked down and seriously injured on the Horton Road about 11 years ago), but also think that if a 30mph speed limit is to be introduced on this wider Horton Road then it would be equally necessary and fair to extend the extent of the 30mph speed limit through the village of Bishops Cannings further towards the Horton Rd and to encompass the homes towards the edge of this side of the village - this road is very narrow has a huge double decker bus speeding down it hourly and is used as a cut through to the Beckhampton / Blacklands Road constantly. People drive like lunatics through the village and the level of traffic has increased significantly since the development opposite Wellington Drive was occupied. Our village should not be left unprotected in this way. When the speed check surveys are carried out the device is placed in the narrowest parts of the road in the village and so will always fail to reveal the true speeds of motorists passing through the village. For the record, I have seen many more than 3 dead cats on our tiny village road, and even had to remove one from the road myself so its owners could find it in a half decent state rather than flattened by the bullish bus drivers and other speeding cars who don't care about others safety or causing injuries to pets. BishopsCannings

10:01am Tue 18 Sep 12

blackstone says...

You dont like bus drivers ,I assume.

For your information,there is no point a bus driver speeding,,,they are running to a timetable---no point going too fast,,they would arrive too early
You dont like bus drivers ,I assume. For your information,there is no point a bus driver speeding,,,they are running to a timetable---no point going too fast,,they would arrive too early blackstone

10:52am Tue 18 Sep 12

Don Jones says...

As someone who uses that bus to get to and from work I can agree that they sometimes put their foot down on the road towards Horton but they always seem to go through BC itself at quite a steady pace. This is partly because the road is quite narrow in parts but also because the surface is a bit rubbish.

Probably the most dangerous thing the bus does is teh right turn back onto the main road. That's an accident waiting to happen.

So, if you want to start a campaign to stop the bus coming through your village that would allow it to speed over the dual carriageway then count me in!
As someone who uses that bus to get to and from work I can agree that they sometimes put their foot down on the road towards Horton but they always seem to go through BC itself at quite a steady pace. This is partly because the road is quite narrow in parts but also because the surface is a bit rubbish. Probably the most dangerous thing the bus does is teh right turn back onto the main road. That's an accident waiting to happen. So, if you want to start a campaign to stop the bus coming through your village that would allow it to speed over the dual carriageway then count me in! Don Jones

6:16am Thu 20 Sep 12

Adam Hall says...

I think this is a bad idea, because you never know what they are going to cut it with.The speed is fine as it is.
I think this is a bad idea, because you never know what they are going to cut it with.The speed is fine as it is. Adam Hall

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