by Paul Hodgkinson on 2 November, 2012
Residents and councilors who formed an action group to campaign for lower traffic speed have now met with police and Highways to lobby for their list of requests.
The action group, the North Cotswolds Rural area Against Speeding Harm (No Crash), held a public meeting in Andoversford last month at which 50 residents voiced their concerns over road safety.
The group was set up to combat the excessive speeds of some motorists on the A436 and surrounding villages.
Cllr Paul Hodgkinson (CDC, Churn Valley) is chairman of the group, “We’ve now met with the authorities and have lobbied them to take action. The police have committed to one major speed check along the road before Christmas. They have also conducted a check in Andoversford village where parents have been worried about speeding cars near the school. Another check is planned in November near to the Cowley crossroads on the A436.”
“This is all good news but we want to ensure this is an ongoing operation by the police. I would like to mirror the good work that’s been done along the nearby A435 where accidents have dropped by three quarters in 4 years. That’s been achieved through year in year out enforcement of the speed limit. That’s where we want to get to.”
The group has also met officers from Gloucestershire Highways today who have committed to the following:
Cllr Hodgkinson thanked Highways for the actions they’ve taken so far but added a word of caution, “We want to have a constructive relationship with Highways, but we must see some more concrete actions on their part to answer the concerns so forcefully expressed by residents. This is clearly a long term campaign!”
Also attending the meeting with Highways today were Simon Redmond (Chair of Andoversford PC) and Robin Finch (Chair of Shipton PC).Leave a comment