150-signature petition calls for traffic calming measures through Fenland village

MORE than 150 people have signed a petition calling for traffic calming measures along the main road through a Fenland village. Fenland Traffic Management Area Joint Committee will discuss whether to introduce any measures in Wisbech St Mary at their meet

MORE than 150 people have signed a petition calling for traffic calming measures along the main road through a Fenland village.

Fenland Traffic Management Area Joint Committee will discuss whether to introduce any measures in Wisbech St Mary at their meeting on Friday.

The petition was presented to Wisbech St Mary Parish Council and has been passed to the joint committee.

Residents want the measures "in order to reduce the potential risk to its villagers posed by vehicles passing through the village at excessive speeds".


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However, the committee report says no resident will be able to speak in support of the petition at the meeting "because fewer than 50 signatories give an address in Fenland".

Between January 2004 and July this year there have only been two slight injury collisions. Mr Vale said one of these "may have been speed related since the driver of the vehicle involved was recorded as having lost control".

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He added: "With such a comparably good personal injury accident record funding from the road safety budget is unlikely to be available at the present time".

Also, Wisbech St Mary Parish Council has not put a scheme forward for a jointly funded minor highway improvement scheme in the next financial year.

Wisbech St Mary Primary School is also joining the Safer Routes to School scheme next year, under which safety measures are usually carried out nearby for pedestrians and cyclists.

But funding for improvements under the scheme will not be available until autumn 2010 and any implementation taking place after April 2011.

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