‘Help us live on our road in peace and safety’ say Warwick residents
PREDICTIONS of a fatal accident on a Warwick road have led to neighbours collecting 300 names on a petition calling for speeding and parking restrictions.
Clare Beeston, one of the residents of the busy Stratford Road, who wants to see more safety measures, said: “There’s parking on both sides of the road and motorists simply push their way through, ignoring the 30 mph limit.
“It’s inevitable there will be a fatality sooner or later.”
Mrs Beeston believes most of those parking along the street are commuters avoiding parking charges in the town centre as she sees many drivers carrying briefcases into town.
She believes the problem has become worse since parking charges were increased and that while the street is full, the district council’s car park in Hampton Road is virtually empty most days.
People living in St Lawrence Avenue and Noble Close, as well as her immediate neighbours trying to exit their driveways find their view is blocked.
Meanwhile residents trying to turn onto the road from Shakespeare Avenue have to turn left into Stratford Road because the fast flow of traffic makes it too dangerous to turn right.
Mrs Bromley added: “The other day I witnessed an ambulance trying to get down the road towards the M40 with its lights flashing - but it had to stop and wait because the vehicles in front were unable to pull over because of all the parked cars.”
Neighbour Malcolm Rowson fears a serious accident could occur if the double yellow lines are not extended from below West Street right to the end of the 30 mph limit.
Mr Rowson is glad Warwick District councillor Linda Bromley has given her backing to the residents’ campaign.
He said some parents are calling for a Pelican-style crossing while others think they need flashing speed signs to keep up a constant warning as happens in Myton Road.
When Cllr Bromley (Con, Warwick South) handed the petition to county transport chief Peter Butlin she pointed out that 99 per cent of all those asked to sign it were more than willing to do so.
Cllr Butlin said officers are now studying what extra measures can be taken.
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