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Councillors back 20mph Manorfield campaign

With schools now back after the summer break, residents of Manorfield Road and Manorfield Avenue have stepped up their campaign for a 20mph zone to be introduced to slow down speeding motorists.

As reported in the Wolds Weekly, residents are calling for speed restrictions and traffic calming measures to be imposed on the busy streets to stop drivers using them as a rat run to avoid the traffic lights at the junction of Scarborough Road/Wansford Road/Bridlington Road and New Road.

With the close proximity of Driffield Junior School and Driffield School & Sixth Form, many young people use these routes to get to and from school and many parents park or drop their children off on these streets resulting in congestion at certain times of the day.

The problem is not just at school times, but people speed on the streets to beat the traffic lights and it is not safe to let our children out and a number of cats have been killed because of the speed.

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Residents concerned about the safety of schoolchildren attended Driffield Town Council’s meeting on Tuesday, 6th September to highlight their concerns and present information from RoSPA (The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents) about the effectiveness of 20mph zones in reducing road casualties.

Ken Jones, a resident of Manorfield Avenue, said he was concerned about the speed of vehicles using the two streets at all times of the day and night.

He said: “We have formed a small committee to find out what people living on the two streets think and some spoke for half an hour about their worries.

“We have had various correspondence with East Riding Council about this and they said they would do a survey, but all we have had is two people with a speed gun for a couple of hours.”

Georgina Small, from Manorfield Road, attended the meeting.

She said: “The problem is not just at school times, but people speed on the streets to beat the traffic lights and it is not safe to let our children out and a number of cats have been killed because of the speed.”

Driffield town councillors said they supported the campaign to have a 20mph zone introduced and would support any additional measures to help slow down traffic using these routes and have written to highways to pledge their support.

Cllr Paul Rounding said: “I have seen for myself the problems with traffic in this area and it is an accident waiting to happen.

“These schools are two of few in the East Riding that don’t have 20mph zones around them.”

Cllr Matt Rogers, who is also an East Riding ward councillor for Driffield and Rural, said he would also contact the highways department to propose the 20mph zone. The information provided to councillors from RoSPA stated that it supports and encourages the wider use of 20mph limits.

It states: “They have been shown to reduce traffic speed, although not as much as 20mph zones with traffic calming.

“They also provide additional benefits, such as encouraging more physical activity, such as walking and cycling.

“They can also greatly improve the character of a residential area and quality of life of the residents.”

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