Evidence needed that speed bumps are blighting estate, says councillor

Ladybrook Lane shopkeepers  Terry Cook and Kalpesh Bhatt, have been campaigning to have the bumps removed.

Ladybrook Lane shopkeepers Terry Cook and Kalpesh Bhatt, have been campaigning to have the bumps removed.

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Evidence on how speed bumps are blighting a Mansfield estate is needed to have any hope of having them removed, a councillor has said.

About 50 people recently turned out for a meeting at Ladybrook Community Centre to discuss the problems caused by the unpopular hazards which run the full length of Ladybrook Lane, as well as neighbouring streets.

Organised by Nottinghamshire County Council’s Mansfield west representative, Councillor Darren Langton, a 20-strong list of issues were recorded to help the fight.

This includes business owners claiming trade has suffered because people avoid driving along the road, and that cars are have been left damaged by the needlessly-high bumps.

It was also suggested that emergency services vehicles avoid the roads, property values have been affected and that any reduction in accidents is simply down to fewer vehicles using the roads.

But Coun Langton says that to have any hope of succeeding, proof is needed to convince the council’s highways committee to act.

He said: “We want the evidence to convince the relevant departments to spend the money.

“I’m not on the highways committee, but if I was I’d want people to present the information to me that would help make the decision.

“The council say they are helping reduce accidents by around 50 per cent, so we have to come up with an alternative.

“We wouldn’t want them taken up and have someone killed the next week.

“Money is the issue, they say it would cost £250,000 to have them removed, and with the way things are and with austerity measures in place, spending that money needs to be justified.”

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