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CONTROVERSIAL SPEED CUTS CONSULTATION DRAWS TO A CLOSE

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28 JUN

CONTROVERSIAL SPEED CUTS CONSULTATION DRAWS TO A CLOSE

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Black spot becomes site of further RTC at weekend

RESIDENTS who have been campaigning for cuts to the speed limit along the A522 Cheadle to Cellarhead road fear that reductions being proposed by the council won’t go far enough to alleviate the problem.
A public consultation which was launched by the Staffordshire County Council Highways Department on Wednesday 7th June will close this Thursday 29th June but campaigners who live near to the accident black spot say the proposals don’t go far enough.
A spokesperson for the residents of Kingsley Moor commented: “From what we have seen they have extended the 40mph zone on the upper fast stretch near Blakeley Lane, which Kingsley residents are relieved about.
“However at both the middle and lower sections, the speed limit has been taken down to 50mph from 60mph – we will not be getting 40mph in those areas, as indicated in previous talks.
“We feel that this is a one-off opportunity to get the speed momentum of the whole stretch lowered. It needs these alterations to reflect that.
“This is about the whole road from Cellarhead to Cheadle and lowering the speed momentum that has plagued this area with continuous accidents for the last 20 years.
“What we’re asking is that the lower section of the road coming out of Cheadle has the 40mph zone extended by just a couple of hundred yards. It should make little difference to the cost and would offset the many thousands of pounds spent sending emergency services to the accidents on this road.
“This week is the cut-off for the consultation on the speed limit changes. There were originally three lots of 40mph zones – one near Blakeley Lane, one near Jones and Shuffs and one beyond the JCB factory just outside Cheadle, but the latter two are now proposed as 50mph.
“In the week of the consultation deadline, there has been an accident in that first stretch of road which they are saying should be 50mph instead of 40mph.”
Mark Deaville, Cabinet Member for Transport and Highways at Staffordshire County Council said:  “The current speed limit from the JCB factory on Leek Road to the Cellarhead crossroads  is national speed limit and the proposal is to reduce it to at least 50mph with 40mph proposed 140m east of Broad Oak Lane to 190 metres west of the junction with Dilhorne Road
“The proposed scheme has already received support from relevant bodies  and this final stage now includes consultation with the public, which ends this week.  Once we have considered the feedback, including any objections the project would move to the next phase.”
The proposed Traffic Regulation Order can be viewed at Cheadle Library in High Street or by visiting the County Council website.  Alternatively email your views to Trafficregulationorderobjections@staffordshire.gov.uk.
Pictured: A black Fiat Punto is the latest vehicle to be involved in an accident along Leek Road, Cheadle.  The car sustained damage after leaving the road near to the Harewood JCB estate at the weekend.

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