Call to spend £100,000 on road safety

By Emily Pearce

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

 

Call to spend £100,000 on road safety

A car, which came off the road and damaged Caroline Ross’s garden fence in Rookley.

CONSERVATIVE councillors have called for £100,000 to be ring-fenced for road safety measures, particularly in rural areas.

They said the cash should be spent on warning signs and traffic-calming measures to reduce deaths and injuries on Island roads.

Cllr Bob Seely said residents in his Central Wight ward had called for flashing signs around schools and 30mph limits in villages.

"Motorcyclists and drivers who go through Billingham at 60mph are irresponsible yet legally there is nothing wrong — that can’t be right. There are children living in that village.

"One Chillerton resident told me she felt her children were safer sailing across the Atlantic then walking down the street," said Cllr Seely, who has led the call for funds.

"It is not just about lowering speed, it’s about money being spent on better, clearer signage and thought going into traffic planning."

Cllr Seely said £100,000 could be found from savings in planning charges and postage costs, in addition to highways PFI savings already identified, and will present the proposal at this month’s budget meeting on February 26.

Independent council leader Cllr Ian Stephens said road safety was already under consideration as part of the PFI and all ideas were welcome.

What the residents say:

"There have been so many crashes on the bend as you come into Rookley, where the national limit goes straight into a 30mph zone. We need a graduated 40mph limit and better signs. The main fear is someone will lose their life"

—Rookley parish councillor and resident Caroline Ross

"I have two small children and I worry for their safety. Every time I stop to reverse into my drive I’m scared someone will crash into me. The council won’t do anything because there haven’t been

any major accidents — does someone have to be injured first? There should

be a 30mph limit"

— Billingham resident Ceri Mason

"The road outside the school is a busy one, especially at the beginning and end of the day. It’s a combination of people driving too fast and parking on the road. I think a 20mph limit would make it less dangerous" —Chillerton and Rookley Primary School headteacher Teresa Tillbrook

Reporter: emilyp@iwcpmail.co.uk

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by carl palmer

23rd February 2014, at 14:58:37

although of course i should correct myself as your trip may have only been a few miles, no implication meant

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by carl palmer

23rd February 2014, at 14:55:49

Just that on a 20 mile journey (for example) you would have to achieve an AVARAGE of 60 mph to do it in 20 mins. As opposed to an AVARAGE of about 34mph? Anyone jump in and correct my math. To have AVARAGED 60mph on any trip would mean exciding that speed to allow for any stop or slow down....in other words speeding

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by carl palmer

23rd February 2014, at 14:46:20

>david, so your saying that you managed to achieve average speeds that saved you 15 mins on your journey? Just out of interest from where to where?

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by carl palmer

23rd February 2014, at 14:41:22

Stay tuned for my next book.....self build tunnels and bridges for the forward thinking islander lol

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by David Blackford

21st February 2014, at 12:03:36

I went into Newport this morning which usually takes up to 35 minutes - But today? - just 20 minutes. - No mums taking children to school

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by James McAdder

21st February 2014, at 09:03:12

What you need, alan, is a Humdinga
http://gibbsamphitrucks.com/humdinga

No need to worry about ferries, then.

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by James McAdder

21st February 2014, at 09:03:07

What you need, alan, is a Humdinga
http://gibbsamphitrucks.com/humdinga

No need to worry about ferries, then.

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by alan naylor

21st February 2014, at 01:21:46

after reading Carls book on the island roads i an going to sell myMicra and flat cap and but a Humdee and an Helmet and leave the wife at home

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by Baz Taylor

21st February 2014, at 00:04:29

Are you implying that someone should break the law, Yvonne, by removing the sign? Tut, tut!

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by Yvonne Carter

20th February 2014, at 23:13:43

What would help is some common sense and standing back to view some of the roads. Beatrice Avenue in East Cowes has a 60mph sign just as it comes up to a L shape corner, a tourist attraction of a church, near a school and a new large housing estate. 40mph is more than enough - 30mph maximum would be safer.. All it needs is some to take the 60mph sign down.

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