Call for the brakes to be put on speed plan for North East Lincolnshire
A CAMPAIGNER is calling for the people of North East Lincolnshire to "stand up, be counted" and join his drive to improve traffic flow across the borough.
Hayden Dawkins, 46, of Forest Way, Humberston, is today launching a petition calling for proposals to cut speed limits on major and minor roads in North East Lincolnshire to be put on hold and for a full review of traffic flow to be undertaken.
As reported, North East Lincolnshire Council has announced plans for a £500,000 scheme that it hopes will reduce accidents by slowing traffic on roads from the A180 to residential streets such as Brereton Avenue.
However, the plans have proved to be controversial, with many readers of the Grimsby Telegraph calling for NELC to think again.
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Mr Dawkins aims to use his campaign to force the council to set up a working group of councillors, highways experts and residents to review the plans and address issues with traffic flow across the borough.
The proposals have also been "called in" by the local Conservative group, which means they will be brought before a scrutiny meeting for further discussion, although the date for the meeting is yet to be set.
In the meantime, Mr Dawkins is calling for you to get behind his campaign, saying that he believes "now is the time to make the councillors sit up and listen to the people they serve".
He said: "Traffic flow in this town is horrendous. What they need to do is get traffic to run smoothly.
"I am not against the 20mph zones around schools, but I think that with some of the other proposals, there would be far better ways of spending £500,000.
"On some of the residential streets they want to make 20mph, it's impossible to go any quicker than that anyway because of the parked cars down each side. There just isn't a problem, so why impose these measures?
"What they need to address is traffic flow in and out of the towns. If traffic keeps moving, there is a perception that you are getting somewhere and people are less likely to get frustrated and speed."
He called for NELC to investigate imposing systems already in place in Germany, where traffic lights are set up in such a way that, if you hit the first in a series of lights on green – provided you don't exceed the speed limit – you will get straight through them all.
He also said work needed to be done to prevent bottle-necks, such as the junction with Pasture Street and Hainton Avenue, adding that he believed there had to be a more efficient way of getting traffic into the town centre from the eastern side of town.
He said: "It used to be that you could go straight down Pasture Street and into town. Now you get stuck at four sets of lights."
Councillor Steve Norton (Con, Humberston and New Waltham) said he had spoken to Mr Dawkins and that as the Conservative group had already called in the proposals, a select committee could be formed to look at this issues he had raised.
He said: "It could be that we ask for a select committee to be set up to review traffic management across the borough, at which point members of the public could be called to give their views."
Have your say:
What do you think? E-mail your views to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like your comment to be added to Mr Dawkins' petition, make sure you include your name and address.
Also see Viewpoint P14.