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Kinver couple call for speed reduction in Enville Road
A KINVER couple want Staffordshire County Council to reduce the speed limit outside their home as they believe it is dangerous.
David and Sandra Lowe said the 60mph speed limit on Enville Road puts horse riders and cyclists in jeopardy.
Mr Lowe felt so strongly about the issue that he attended a recent Kinver Parish Council meeting to tell councillors about his concerns: “I have lived here for 40 years and the traffic and speed has been increasing over that time but it is only in the last few months that I have raised it with the council. There was a big crash last year which was serious enough for the road to be closed.”
He said that while drivers were keeping to the speed limit, “that doesn’t mean it is safe” and has asked for it to be reduced.
His wife said she had experienced firsthand the “frightening” speed that cars travel down the road: “I have to cross my horse over the road and twice last month cars were coming down so quickly that I had to back up with the horse. It’s frightening when you hear them coming down. I don’t think they realise how easily horses get spooked.”
She said there have been occasions when she has asked motorists to slow down but has been met with rude hand gestures.
Mrs Lowe said she doubted the speed limit would be reduced but would at least like to see signs erected, warning motorists to be aware of horses, pedestrians and cyclists also using the road.
She added that overgrown trees also make it difficult to see what is coming down the road and said: “We have cut back some trees. I think if more were cut back it would help tremendously.”
After hearing Mr Lowe’s concerns, the parish council wrote to the county council highways department asking for trees to be cut back around the signs and for a minimum of four signs to be installed to inform motorists about horses using the road.
Staffordshire county councillor, Simon Tagg, cabinet member for transport, said: "“We have listened to residents’ concerns and have agreed through the Staffordshire Safer road partnership to undertake a speed survey on Enville Road. Our highways team will also be undertaking a survey to check all signs and lines are clearly visible.”
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