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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