Fed up Leamington residents call for action against speeding motorists - The Leamington Observer

Fed up Leamington residents call for action against speeding motorists

FED-UP residents in Willes Road, Leamington who have had their cars and property damaged by speeding drivers, are demanding action be taken.

The householders are calling for traffic calming measures to be introduced on the road after two incidents in the past month which saw extensive damage to the listed walls of two Willes Road properties.

Speeding drivers have been an issue for the residents for almost two years. The first serious incident occurred in the summer of 2021 when a parked car was written off after being hit.

Tracey Knights, who lives in one of the properties affected, told the Observer that so far the damage had been to cars and property but it could easily have involved pedestrians.

She explained: “In the past month both mine and my neighbour’s properties have been hit by cars in the early hours of the morning, causing extensive damage. I shall be looking to petition for traffic calming action to be taken as the speed of traffic along this road is a constant concern.

“Currently the damage has been to other cars or property, but we are concerned that it could so easily involve pedestrians as the vehicles are mounting the pavement.

“My property was hit by a car at 3am one morning, causing extensive damage to our 200-year-old listed garden wall. My neighbours also had their wall damaged, which is so close to their property it could have had further consequences.”

Speaking on behalf of Warwickshire Road Safety Partnership, PS Dave Valente said he understood the concern and distress caused to residents.

He added: “We would like to reassure residents that Warwickshire Road Safety Partnership is working with key partners to look at all aspects of road safety from speed to road and vehicle design, and this includes encouraging road users themselves to take responsibility for their own road safety and that of other road users.

“In relation to speeding this means always driving at a safe speed according to the road conditions and within the speed limit.

“We encourage any residents concerned about speeding in their area to contact their local Police Safer Neighbourhood Team in the first instance to request localised enforcement.”


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