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Plea to lower speed limit through village

A group of people have sent out a desperate plea for action on a danger road in their village.



The A596 that runs through Prospect, near Aspatria, is currently a 40mph zone but villagers said many cars were going at much higher speeds.

The junction at the post office and Miners Arms pub has seen several accidents, including a one-vehicle collision in March this year and a car that nearly ploughed into the pub in July 2009.

Residents, including an Oughterside and Allerby parish councillor and two former councillors, said they had spoken to the county council, Cumbria Highways and the police several times, but nothing had been done.

Ron Wilson, 81, of Oughterside, a parish councillor, said: “We are tired of bringing it up on the council, because nothing has been done.

“I would like to see it down to 30mph and a speed camera in place.”

Linda Snowdon, of Bankend, a former parish councillor, said: “One of the reasons I got off the parish council was that we were being told by Cumbria Highways that things would happen but nothing did.

“We fear that a child or someone will get killed. We want something done before that happens.”

Tina Richardson, landlady of the Miners Arms, had to claim back about £3,500 after a car collided with a wall outside her pub, a spot where children usually wait to get buses to school.

She said: “Luckily it was the school holidays, otherwise someone could have been killed. It’s very difficult to cross the road on foot or by car. It’s quite scary.”

She said that after the incident, she asked Cumbria Highways for crash barriers outside the pub and the previous landlord had asked for a zebra crossing.

A county council spokesman said: “We’re aware of the community concerns.

“The speed limit assessment is on our list of priorities in Allerdale and we hope to carry it out, while working with the local community, as soon as we’re able to as part of our programme of speed limit and safety assessments.”

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I agree with Liz and yeoman, you could drop the speed limit down to 20 mph but it will not stop people speeding though prospect or Crosby.Hgv's never slow down especially the loging wagons going to iggesund

Posted by robedo on 2 May 2012 at 14:51

You can cut accidents by 99% easy, BAN ALL MOTORISED TRANSPORT !! Some Motorists believe that speed limits do not apply to them. Some vehicle drivers have to brake the speed limits to do the work in the time allotted.

Posted by a yeoman on 1 May 2012 at 09:42

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