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‘Make our village safer’ say residents after two vehicles are written off

A Garton-on-the-Wolds resident is calling for action to be taken to reduce speeding through the village following a recent road traffic collision that saw a car finish on its roof and two other vehicles written off.

The incident happened on Main Street in Garton-on-the-Wolds at around 8:45pm on 3rd April.

It saw a vehicle travelling into the village from A166 Garton Slack collide with two stationary vehicles that belong to Philip Nixon, and were parked outside his house.

The moving vehicle then rolled onto its roof, with the driver walking away unscathed after releasing himself before the arrival of emergency services.

Whilst there is no suggestion that the car was speeding, Philip, who has lived on Main Street for 17 years, said the incident highlights what he says is a ‘constant’ problem in the village.

When he spoke to the Wolds Weekly last week, Philip was still waiting for a hire vehicle to arrive, with both his car and van damaged beyond repair.

“We were sitting in the back of the house and were alerted to what had happened when we heard a very loud bang at around 8:45pm,” he said.

“My son came running downstairs to tell us that there had been a crash. I looked out of the window to see one car on its roof, opposite the house, and the hazards on my car were going off after my van had been shunted into the back of it.

“It was a bit of a double whammy for me I’m afraid. The axel on the back of the car was broken and both vehicles are write-offs. The car is beyond economic repair and that is likely to be the case with the van too.”

As a member of Garton Parish Council and the coordinator of the village’s Neighbourhood Watch programme, Philip is now in the process of setting up a community speedwatch initiative that he hopes will act as a reminder to drivers of the speed they should be travelling at.

Community speedwatch is where volunteers can monitor and record the speed of vehicles travelling through the town or village they live.

It has been successfully set up in other villages in the Wolds Weekly area, such as North Dalton, Wetwang and Kilham.

As well as the speedwatch initiative, Philip would also like to see further measures put in place at the entrance to the village, which would see drivers forced to reduce their speed.

If nothing happens, he fears someone may suffer a serious injury, or worse.

“During the 17 years we have lived here, there has been the odd wing mirror that has been clipped, but nothing like what happened last Monday,” he said.

“It was a big shock and I’m thankful that no-one else was involved and nobody was injured. Speeding vehicles are constant along this stretch of road, especially at night-time.

“As a member of the parish council, I have been talking to Safer Roads Humber for some time now to see if we can get the speed van parked at the entrance to the village. However, a hard standing area would be required, so it’s not as easy as it sounds.

“My wife and I run the Neighbourhood Watch scheme in the village, as well as being parish councillors and we have been back in touch with Safer Roads Humber in the hope that we can set up a community speedwatch scheme.

“We can be there whenever we want to be, as long as there are three of us, and that could be during the day or in the early hours of the morning.

“Another option is to hire a speed monitoring device that can be left at the side of the road. Something like that would be a big help.

“The speedwatch would act as a deterrent and there are plenty of other people in the village who are in support of it. Everyone is fed up to the back teeth of the speed cars are travelling at. I would hope it would make a difference.

“I have also been in touch with the council’s highways team to see if there is anything else we could do.

“I suggested some speed bumps or rumble strips, more signage or a chicane so that drivers have to physically stop as they enter the village. Places like Malton have chicanes and anything along those lines would work, in my opinion.

“I would ask drivers travelling through Garton-on-the-Wolds to respect the speed limits. Doing so isn’t going to delay or impede you. It’s a matter of being more respectful or courteous to the villagers and their properties.

“We don’t want to have any more incidents like what happened on Monday. We’re lucky no one was seriously injured or was killed.”

In a statement to the Wolds Weekly, Humberside Police appealed for residents in Garton and elsewhere to raise any speeding issues with their local parish or town council.

“Officers were called to reports of a road traffic collision on Main Street, Garton on the Wolds, at around 9pm on Monday 3rd April,” said a spokesperson for the force.

“It is reported that three cars had been in collision, two of which were stationary. Nobody is believed to have sustained serious injuries.

“If anyone has information regarding this incident, you can contact us on 101, quoting log 535 of 3 April.

“We understand residents’ concerns in relation to speeding motor vehicles and want to help reduce the number of speeding vehicles on our streets.

“We would always encourage people to continue to raise their concerns about speeding with the Driffield Town Council who work in conjunction with the East Riding of Yorkshire Council, Safer Roads Humber and Humberside Police to ensure the roads around Driffield can be as safe as possible for all roads users and residents.

“Contact details for Safer Roads Humber can be found at www.saferroadshumber.com/contactus.”

A spokesman for East Riding of Yorkshire Council said: “Garton-on-the-Wolds is already a safety camera site, with warning signs in the village, and the speed limit is generally well observed by drivers.

“At both ends of the village there are road markings, prominent 30mph signs and a vehicle activated sign to remind drivers to slow down if they are travelling too fast.

“We don’t have details on this incident, but road accidents in the village involving people being injured are rare.

“The safety measures in place are considered appropriate and nothing further is planned at this time.”

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