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16 DEC

Petition for speed reduction in town

By timesecholife on in All News, Leek news

A second petition containing 1,000 signatures asking for a reduction of the speed limit in a Moorlands town centre has been submitted to Staffordshire Country Council (SCC). Leek resident and local businessman Roger Warrillow began a petition earlier this year, asking for the county Highways Department to consider introducing a “20 mph speed limit in Leek town centre.”

A second petition containing 1,000 signatures asking for a reduction of the speed limit in a Moorlands town centre has been submitted to Staffordshire Country Council (SCC).

Leek resident and local businessman Roger Warrillow began a petition earlier this year, asking for the county Highways Department to consider introducing a “20 mph speed limit in Leek town centre.”

Within the text of his petition, Mr Warrillow states: “People’s health and safety is more important than traffic,” and that “a 20 mph speed limit will help our ancient market town of Leek, conservation area, shopping experience and tourist trade.”

Mr Warrillow further told the Leek & Moorlands Echo: “I have been thinking about this speed limit for many years and then came Covid.

It was April/May this year that I started collecting signatures and Maureen has kindly agreed to help.

I sent, via county councillor Charlotte Atkins the first 1,000 signatures, two months ago to present to the full SCC meeting which they have accepted and a further 1,000 signatures were delivered last week, by Charlotte again.

After I have collected 5,000 signatures they (SCC) will allow me to speak about Leek’s dilemma regarding pedestrian safety/crossings and all the other traffic problems since the roundabout was replaced with traffic lights causing holdups and pollution.”

Last Thursday (December 9), county councillor for Leek South Division Charlotte Atkins presented the second lot of 1,000 signatures, on behalf of Mr Warrillow, at SCC’s latest Full Council meeting.

Cllr Atkins told the Leek & Moorlands Echo: “I was delighted to present the second tranche of 1,000 signatures on Mr Warrilow’s petition at the county’s Full Council on December 9.

There are strong feelings among Leek residents about the way County Highways have failed Leek. A 20 mph limit within Leek would make the town safer and would make the shopping experience so much more enjoyable.

We have a beautiful town with many historic buildings and a conservation area. Speeding traffic makes it unsafe to cross roads, such as, Wallbridge Drive and St Edward Street.

There are elaborate plans to remodel St Edward Street but no money from the Government to fund the work.”

Cllr Atkins added: “The town also suffers from queuing traffic at many junctions because the traffic lights do not facilitate the flow of vehicles. But County Highways are not interested in resolving these problems.”

We contacted SCC for a response to the latest lot of signatures being handed in, as well as the comments made by cllr Atkins.

In response, councillor David Williams, Cabinet member for Highways and Transport at Staffordshire County Council said that “keeping Staffordshire’s roads safe remains a priority for the council.”

He added: “We use a range of measures to support road safety including engineering works, road safety education and speed enforcement.

We also monitor the safety of our roads to identify where additional activity is needed.

We will of course respond to the petition and the points raised within it in due course.”

Mr Warrillow further explained about his petition: “The petition is welcomed by all people still regretting the loss of our iconic accident free roundabout, rather than the dangerous accident prone traffic lights system in a semi shared space for metal on wheels and pedestrian shoppers in shoes.

After Sainsbury’s were welcomed to Leek, Mill Street, the Staffordshire County Highways came and made Leek towncentre roads a nightmare. They promised an efficient, safer and less polluted road traffic improvement. They failed that promise with no crossings in the right place and traffic lights in the wrong place. They have forgotten all about Leek to the detriment of all.

Death and injuries and pollution since they left us without the completion of all promised improvements. It seems like a total lack of respect for its rates and tax payers money paid year after year since they left with only a half hearted attempt of a poor road and pedestrian job done.
“The least the County Highways can do is to consider a 20 mph speed limit as most towns elsewhere are also considering in the rest of the country and then to implement crossings in appropriate places and small roundabouts to keep traffic moving instead of traffic lights.
“Respect for a Market Town and for its people should not be too much to ask and expect from Staffordshire County Council to implement safety for all.

It is now approximately ten years since a five million pounds plan to remove our iconic roundabout and all the new road works were approved.
“We in Leek, have never been as safe since the removal of the roundabout, pollution and traffic problems have never been so bad.”

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