Community campaigners are aiming to tackle speeding traffic throughout Middleton and Belle Isle.
Local resident Geoff Byers, who is Chair of the Aberfield and Newhalls Residents Association, schoolchildren, parents and a team of volunteers have expressed concern at the high speeds vehicles are reaching, especially on Newhall Road, New Forest Village and Middleton Town Street, mostly at rush hour times.
Local residents and children are especially worried about this problem during the school holidays, and these issues were discussed at length at community meetings.
The Kill Your Speed campaign group hopes to highlight this issue and make people aware of the need to reduce their speeds, and to encourage more enforcement of local speed limits.
Children, teachers, parents and other volunteers have been out on the streets with posters and flyers, and are working hard with councillors, highways staff and local police to make the streets of Middleton and Belle Isle safer for everyone.
Kill Your Speed campaign organiser Geoff Byers said:
“We have been fighting hard for a number of years to make people adhere to local speed limits and to get more done to make the streets safer in the area.
“By working with the public, the council and the police, we hope to make people aware of the consequences of speeding and make the area a safer place for everyone. Our thanks go to Councillor Groves and her colleagues for their continued support.”
Cllr Groves has been out campaigning with the volunteers and has praised them for their work. She said:
“I am proud to support these efforts to reduce speeding in Middleton and Belle Isle.
“Geoff Byers and the other volunteers are doing an excellent job to raise awareness of this important issue, and it was great to go out on the streets with them and speak to the community.
“The group has established strong ties with highways staff and the police and we will fight to ensure instances of speeding reduce.”
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