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‘We want action against speeding on our road’ say Grantham residents

Calls are being made to stop motorists speeding along a Grantham road which is often busy with schoolchildren and other pedestrians.

Resident Pauline Speed, supported by district councillor Lynda Coutts, says Barrowby Gate is becoming dangerous. Having lived on the road for nearly eight years, Mrs Speed says the situation has grown worse in the past year.

Mrs Speed said: “The more houses that are built in the area the worse it gets. People are concerned. I would like drivers to respect the fact that it’s a residential area and there are lots of families there.”

Mrs Speed and Coun Coutts say they would like to see some form of speed reduction scheme employed on the road.

One possiblity they say could be moveable speed information signs which are attached by a bracket to lampposts. As part of a Community Speed Watch initiative, the Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership says the signs can be bought by parishes and moved about within their communities.

Coun Coutts described the situation as a ‘nightmare’. She said drivers parking their cars outside Tesco and at the nearby bus stop make the situation worse. She said she was concerned for the many children who walk home from school along the road oblivious to the traffic. She said: “We do not want children killed or maimed. More and more people are using these roads as shortcuts to get across town.”

Councillor Richard Davies, executive member for highways said: “Working with Lincolnshire Police, three speed traps have been carried out on Barrowby Gate recently. The vast majority of vehicles were obeying the speed limit, suggesting Coun Coutts’ concerns are unfounded. This was backed up by the week-long automated surveys that have been done. In light of this, speed reduction measures appear to be unnecessary here, and the money could be better spent elsewhere.”


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