Fuming Kirkby man warns dangerous motorists will kill on roads near Ashfield School

A Kirkby man who is fuming at “dangerous” motorists who speed though his estate is warning residents that it is a matter of time before someone is killed.

Thursday, 8th August 2019, 5:38 pm
Resident Paul Smith is calling for speed cameras in the Lindrick Road area of Kirkby.

Paul Smith, who use to work in car sales, lives on the Wentworth Esate in Kirkby and said he is constantly witnessing dangerous driving and speeding on Lindrick Road and Wentworth Road.

The 68-year-old who has lived on Charters Lane, off Lindrick Road, for 26 years, said the only traffic calming measure on the roads is interactive speed signs.

Which he said “many” motorists are using as “targets” to see who can get the highest recording.

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Resident Paul Smith is calling for speed cameras in the Lindrick Road area of Kirkby.

He said: “It is clearly only a matter of time before very serious accidents occur.

“The damage is there for people to see on the roads - walls have been smashed into.

“Pets have been run over, traffic island signs hit, and there has been some very many near misses.

“It is a regular occurrence and it has been getting worse and worse.”

He also raised concerns about the safety of children who use the roads, which are near to Greenwood Primary, and Ashfield School.

He said: “They have to use it to get to and from school, and I am constantly witnessing dangerous driving and speeding.

“When I walk my dog and we cross the road sometimes we a luckily to get over it alive.”

He is now urging Nottinghamshire County Council and Nottinghamshire Police to take action and “prevent” an incident from happening.

Mr Smith said so far nothing has been done.

He said: “In my view static or even mobile speed cameras would prove effective in this case, failing which other traffic calming measures could be employed, such as speed ramps.

“I hope the council or police are able to take some action to deal with this problem before someone is killed or seriously injured.”

Police and the county council have been approached for comment.

Suzanne Heydon on behalf of Nottinghamshire County Council said: “We take road safety very seriously and consistently invest in highway improvements to reduce the number of people killed and seriously injured on the Nottinghamshire road network.

“Whilst we can understand the resident’s concerns relating to excessive speed and dangerous driving along Lindrick Road and Wentworth Road, speed cameras and traffic calming measures are only used where there is a history of fatal or serious road casualties and speeding. Thankfully on these roads, there are no records of such tragic incidents.

“Speeding is an offence that is enforceable by the Police and they support local communities that suffer from speeding problems through the Community Speedwatch scheme.”