Trawden residents’ plea to put brake on ‘60mph’ drivers

Hollin Hall, Trawden, where residents want action to stop speeding

Hollin Hall, Trawden, where residents want action to stop speeding

First published in News Burnley and Pendle Citizen: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

RESIDENTS in a Trawden street are so fed up with speeding motorists, they are putting pressure on the county council to rethink the speed limit.

Hollin Hall residents say they have experienced an increase in traffic flow since the Float’s Mill development was finished, and cars are often speeding down the road at over 60mph.

Derek Howard, who lives in Hollin Hall, handed in a 500-name petition to county hall bosses but was told that the answer would be ‘no’.

Now the residents are asking for speed humps and signs to be installed on the street and are appealing for the decision to be overturned. Pendle MP Andrew Stephenson has spoken in support of the petition and said that he too believes that the speed limit in the street should be reduced.

Mr Stephenson said: “I absolutely support the residents on this one and I completely understand why they feel that they have been abandoned by Lancashire County Council.

“There was a policy in place for all residential streets in Lancashire to be turned into 20mph zones but since control of the council changed in 2013, the policy has been abandoned. Speeding is a problem in the street and they are trying to make the change before there is a serious accident and someone is killed.”

County Coun John Fillis, cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “We need to ensure the money we have is targeted at reducing the number and severity of casualties across the county.

“We’ve examined the casualty records supplied to us by the police for Hollin Hall and Lanehouse in the last five years and the records show that there have been no accidents resulting in serious injuries and one resulting in a slight injury.

“Based on this information, it is not proposed at present to consider Hollin Hall or Lanehouse for 20mph speed limits.

“We will, however, conduct a speed survey on Hollin Hall and Lanehouse and review the signing to see if anything can be done to reinforce to drivers the need to drive at an appropriate speed.”

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4:27pm Thu 31 Jul 14

rudis_dad says...

Surprised Cllr Fillis isn't blaming it on the increased number of cyclists on the roads.

How many times do we see this? It's the same everywhere, LCC won't do anything until someone dies.
Surprised Cllr Fillis isn't blaming it on the increased number of cyclists on the roads. How many times do we see this? It's the same everywhere, LCC won't do anything until someone dies. rudis_dad
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5:34pm Thu 31 Jul 14

Colne says...

60mph?? I dont think so!!
60mph?? I dont think so!! Colne
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6:27pm Thu 31 Jul 14

JayEss says...

The worst part of this is the requirement for death and serious injury *before* they will act.
If it can be shown there is an inherent issue and the speed limit change is reasonable then it should be reviewed, deaths or no deaths.
The worst part of this is the requirement for death and serious injury *before* they will act. If it can be shown there is an inherent issue and the speed limit change is reasonable then it should be reviewed, deaths or no deaths. JayEss
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6:52am Fri 1 Aug 14

Pebambera says...

As someone that travels on this road every day I have to say this plea is a tad far fetched! Any trawden resident knows that driving through trawden at any more that 10nph during 'peak times' is unheard of with the amount of congestion, trying to squeeze past cars that have been parked awfully and people walking that have no desire to follow the Highway Code! Put that with the fact the hollin hall part of the road was laid by some drunken idiots it's that uneven and I think you have absolutely no case! I can see why this was rejected by the CC.
As someone that travels on this road every day I have to say this plea is a tad far fetched! Any trawden resident knows that driving through trawden at any more that 10nph during 'peak times' is unheard of with the amount of congestion, trying to squeeze past cars that have been parked awfully and people walking that have no desire to follow the Highway Code! Put that with the fact the hollin hall part of the road was laid by some drunken idiots it's that uneven and I think you have absolutely no case! I can see why this was rejected by the CC. Pebambera
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