Residents battle to make road safe

"It's an accident waiting to happen."

That's the verdict from residents living in the middle of a speeding hotspot in Hedge End.

Shamblehurst_Ln_2_(web).JPGShamblehurst Lane South is at the centre of controversy after Conservative County Bosses dismissed residents' calls for action to deal with consistent speeding on the 30mph road.

Despite Hampshire County Council's own traffic data showing that there's regular speeding on the road, particularly at peak times in the morning and after work, the County Council have dismissed residents' call for action, saying they will not install physical speed enforcement measures.

With the County Council refusing to act, resident Mike West launched a petition on the issue, backed by Hedge End MP Mike Thornton. Over 50 people living along the road have already signed, calling on Hampshire County Council to look at solutions.

Mr West said, "We've been asking the County Council to look at speeding along the road for three years, and they keep burying their head in the sand.

"I live right next to the road, and in the morning, the number of cars hurtling down the road is unbelievable. Children and parents cross the road every morning to get to local schools, but the County won't act to protect residents here."

Hedge End's MP Mike Thornton, and local Councillors Rupert Kyrle and Keith House are supporting the residents' campaign to get proper traffic calming measures in place to deal with the speeding along the road.

Mr Thornton said, "After hearing Mr West's concerns and taking this up with the County Council, I think it is frankly a disgrace that the County Council are ignoring residents on this safety issue, even when their own traffic survey shows there's a problem.

"With local schools nearby, and St Luke's surgery and shopping area just round the corner, this persistent speeding needs to be nipped in the bud.

"Residents have told me that they're worried about road safety here, especially at peak times, and the extra noise on the road is chronic. I'll be backing residents 100% on this campaign - we need action now to make the road safer."

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