SPEEDING THROUGH THE VILLAGE

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A number of residents have raised the problem of speeding vehicles through the village – a situation made worse by tractors and grain trailers heading towards the Silos at apparent breakneck speeds. As one said – “With all that weight in their trailers, and a mobile phone often in their hands, how can they be sure they could stop if a child ran in the road?”

The Parish Council [PC] has conducted a long and often fruitless campaign to control speed through the village – and regularly discusses the issue at meetings, with the data from its own speed warning signs to back them up. With staffing levels at an all time low, the Police seem unable to provide cover with speedtraps, and without an accident, no safety camera would be considered.

Here are July’s figures:

In July the total number of vehicles recorded coming into Lowick from the East was 22,754 and from the West it was 33,950 well up from 24,995 in June.  Diversions off the A1 from West to East, see page 3 of the Summary Sheet appear to be the cause, as confirmed by the large increase in volume of vehicles from the West travelling at below 10mph:
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Full details are kept from July on the Parish Council Website. See the link below.

https://lowickparish.wordpress.com/maps-and-plans/?preview_id=27&preview_nonce=b299b8d394&preview=true

Our Defence against Speeding

The village’s chief defence rests with the vehicles parked in the Main Street which force vehicles to slow and wait for oncoming traffic and prevent overtaking.

A recent campaign for a 20 mph speed limit past the school met with success – however Neil Snowdon, who has never visited us, proclaimed that permanent limits were out of the question – because “this would only encourage overtaking by hotheaded drivers who couldn’t wait behind slower traffic.” The best we could hope for were temporary restrictions at school start and finish times.

The PC is taking up the issue with Northumberland County Council – to point out that slower speeds make roads in towns safer, and that no overtaking in Lowick can take place because there is usually no room for two cars to pass.

You are urge to lend your voices to the PC campaign – and DEMAND THAT TWENTY’S PLENTY! Contact your County Councillor today! Here are his details: Cllr Roderick Lawrie email: roderick@toquesnuff.com. You could also email traffic officer Neil Snowdon at neil.snowdon@northumberland.gov.uk. 

 

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