Wells MP, Tessa Munt welcomes county proposal to reduce village traffic speed

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By Wells_Jaqui | Thursday, June 16, 2011, 11:45

For all concerned parents questioning the removal of the county's speed cameras around the locality, news that the County Highways Team has implemented interim measures in Chilcompton to help stop speeding near the village School and Children's Centre will come as a welcome relief.

Two new flashing 'Wig Wag' signs will be installed on the approaches to St Vigor & St John School and the Children's Centre, warning drivers to take care.  The signs will be in place before the beginning of the new school year in September.  

MP Tessa Munt has welcomed interim measures, saying "This is a welcome step in a long local campaign to improve pedestrian safety near the School.  I will continue to press for what local parents and residents want - a zebra crossing and re-instatement of the speed cameras, but in the meantime this new sign will help."

Tessa met with Marlene Pickford from Chilcompton Parish Council and Highways Engineer Jeff Bunting in Chilcompton twice in the last six months to discuss road safety and speeding traffic.  Her second meeting followed the death last month of a young driver after a crash at speed in the village, close to the junction with the road to the School.

Jeff Bunting confirmed there would be a zebra crossing near the School and a new signalized crossing by the petrol station as part of a planning agreement with the developer of land in the centre of the village, but these will not happen for at least two years.

Do your children attend St Vigor & St John School or the Children's Centre and do you think enough is being done? 

Have you noticed that any other locations in and around Wells have become more perilous since the decommission of the area's speed cameras?

photo by Ian Britton 

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  • Profile image for Kings Head

    When will authorities ever realise that their thinking is always wrong on such matters? Building roads and then installing the various (and usually useless) speed restricting devices, in an attempt to prevent irresponsible drivers causing accidents, is logically equivalent to building ovens and then installing heat restricting devices, in an attempt to stop irresponsible people burning themselves.

    Open up our roads again and instead focus on heavily penalising the ones who do drive irresponsibly...

    By Kings Head at 11:19 on 21/06/11

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  • Profile image for TimothyL12

    Returning the speed cameras is not the solution, because speeding drivers will just speed between them and then brake suddenly to slow down by a camera, so they will just make things more dangerous. The crossing plans are good ones though. However, the tragic death last month was late at night by a young man speeding - he would have been involved in this crash whether cameras or any other anti-speeding were installed or not...

    By TimothyL12 at 12:51 on 16/06/11

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