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Speed humps set for “rat run” street

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16 JUN

Speed humps set for “rat run” street

By timesecholife on in All News, Leek news

Speed humps are set to be installed in a residential street in Leek. The road safety measures have been allocated as a priority by Staffordshire County councillor Charlotte Atkins as part of her ‘Divisional Highway Programme’ (DHP).

Speed humps are set to be installed in a residential street in Leek.

The road safety measures have been allocated as a priority by Staffordshire County councillor Charlotte Atkins as part of her ‘Divisional Highway Programme’ (DHP).

Each county councillor has a DHP which provides the council with a platform to prioritise local highway issues that “may not otherwise meet the intervention criteria, for further investigation.”

In the latest round of works, councillor Atkins, whose division is Leek South, has allocated the following works to take place during 2022/23: Three lots of road humps for a traffic calming scheme in Morley Street, Leek; as well as the implementation of a TRO (traffic regulation order) to make ‘School Keep Clear’ zig zag markings enforceable in Cruso Street outside St Mary’s Catholic School.

Cllr Atkins told the Leek & Moorlands Echo: “The installation of road humps in Morley Street has involved a long battle between me and County Highways.

“District councillor Mike Gledhill and I, as the County Councillor for Leek South, were approached by Morley Street residents because their road has become a rat run.

“Morley Street is the only road in the immediate area without traffic calming measures. As a result, speeding traffic had caused the death of several pets. Residents were concerned that, if nothing was done, a child would be injured next.

“So to support residents, I asked County Highways to devise a traffic calming plan.”

Cllr Atkins continued: “After putting down questions to the Cabinet Member for Highways asking about why no plan had materialised, eventually traffic calming measures were designed. But they were to cost more than my annual Divisional Highways Priorities budget.

“So, as this was an urgent safety issue, I allocated several years’ budget to the scheme only to be told by the Cabinet Member for Highways, Cllr David Williams that he would not allow me to do that.

“So I persisted. Eventually, Highways came up with a less costly scheme which involves three traffic calming road humps. Residents are being consulted on these plans before they are installed.’’

Regarding the scheme for outside St Mary’s School in Cruso Street, cllr Atkins added: “On the St Mary’s School zigzags, these are not enforceable unless the necessary traffic regulation orders are made.

“Again this is a safety issue for school children, who are at risk of injury from the congestion around the school.

“I had a meeting with the school well before being re-elected in May 2021 about their increasing concerns over pupil safety.”

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