Frightened neighbours are campaigning to slow down the speeding traffic that turns their 20mph residential avenue into a potential killer.
Residents in Henthorn Road, Clitheroe, are petitioning Lancashire County Council to take action as the danger from traffic grows due to new housing developments which will eventually total 400 homes, and traffic heading to and from the county council recycling centre.
Local councillor Alan Knox started an E-petition on the county council’s website, and residents are supporting his call by taking out leaflets and a petition for people to sign.
“We’ve had the police down here occasionally with hand-held speed cameras, but we’ve never heard of anyone being prosecuted,” said retired headteacher John Nuttall (65), of Conway Avenue, off Henthorn Road.
Mr Nuttall, who used to be a driving instructor, added: “I’ve judged some drivers’ speeds at 40 and 50 miles an hour. Sooner or later there’s going to a serious accident. We need something permanent, such as traffic calming measures.
The new houses at the bottom of the road are making it worse. At busy times it’s just one lorry after anotherPensioner Dorothy Russell
“Alan Knox’s E-petition was a good idea, and we’re backing that with a petition on paper for people who may not have a computer.”
Pensioner Dorothy Russell, who lives in a bungalow in Henthorn Road, is too frightened to cross the road when she takes her 11-year-old Yorkshire terrier Lucy out for a little walk.
She said: “The traffic comes so fast, and I’m not as mobile as I used to be. The new houses at the bottom of the road are making it worse. At busy times it’s just one lorry after another.
“It’s got noisy and dirty on this road, but nothing ever gets done about it.”
Neighbour Jan Carroll (62), of Conway Avenue, said: “I’m a driver myself and I can judge people’s speed. Elderly people cross the road thinking it’s clear, but before they know it there’s something bearing down on them. There are a lot of children going to Edisford School and young mothers with prams. We’re all frightened someone will get killed.”
Mrs Carroll’s husband Walter (64) added: “There was talk of a pedestrian crossing being put here some time ago, but nothing ever came of it.”
Coun. Knox said: “Speeding has been a concern for residents old and young alike on Henthorn Road.
“The road is long, straight and wide and the further you get away from town the less on-street parking there is. Parked cars often help slow traffic down. With the new housing developments this problem will only get worse. Lancashire County Council – the highways authority – have been made aware of the problem on many occasions, but have failed to come up with any real solutions.
“Hopefully the petition will make them see sense and come up with a positive solution to the problem.”
A spokesman for Lancashire County Council said: “Our approach is to target road safety interventions where there is the greatest need and where it will have the greatest effect.
“Where there are problems with speeding within the new 20mph signed areas, we continue to work with communities and the police to encourage drivers to change their behaviour and achieve compliance.
“There are a number of options available including using ‘smiley face’ speed indicator signs to make drivers aware of their speed, and community road watch operations where the police work with local people to stop and warn drivers who are speeding. SPIDs have been deployed on Henthorn Road at several locations during 2013/14. However, if problems persist we will review the situation and consider all available options.”