Calls for unitary authority to improve road safety in 'much-loved' village
PUBLISHED: 12:00 31 January 2019
People living in Flax Bourton are campaigning to ‘cross the road and walk on pavements safely’ in their village, where motorists have been recorded driving more than 65mph in a 30mph area.
Campaigners and the parish council are calling on North Somerset Council to replace both the ‘vandalised’ speed camera and various speed signs, which are ‘covered in dirt and shielded by trees’.
They are backed by MP Liam Fox, who said it is ‘clearly an unacceptable risk’ after he heard 65 per cent of motorists were exceeding the 30mph limit along the A370.
He met with concerned residents on Saturday at the village’s Jubilee Inn, in Main Road, with those saying: “I don’t want this to be something we have to campaign for in someone’s memory.”
Mother-of-two Alison Calder, said: “This is a much-loved and thriving community.
“The residents here and visitors to our school, nursery, church and pub need to be able to cross the road and walk on pavements safely.
“The problem of motorists not adhering to the 30mph limit is not a new one, but it has worsened over recent years.
“We have data from radar-controlled signs and speed assessments which show 65 per cent of cars are travelling more than 35mph through our village, with the average speed clocking in at between 40-50mph, with some going more than 65mph.”
“North Somerset Council encourages children to walk to school, but it can be dangerous.
“We’ve had a couple of near-misses crossing the road near the school, and that’s why I’m campaigning for action.”
Flax Bourton Parish Council supports the campaign and replied: “The current signs are inadequate.”
“We urgently need better signs so motorists can clearly see the reduction in speed limit on the Long Ashton bypass from 50mph to 30mph as you enter Flax Bourton, and similarly the reduction from 40mph to 30mph at the other end of the village.”
North Somerset has stated average cameras, which clock a driver’s speed at two separate points, are ‘not suitable’ to put in the village as they are expensive and are ‘only fitted on motorways and trunk roads.’