Danger to Children of Speeding and Inconsiderate Parking

By Mick Scrimshaw on March 6, 2018

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There have been complaints about speeding traffic in St. Peter’s Avenue, particularly at the top end around the junction with Tennyson Road which is close to the Church Hall and where Brownies groups and dance classes meet.

Part of the problem is because even the 30mph limit is too fast along a road that often has two lines of parked cars in the evenings when children and parents alike having to step out into the road from between parked cars.

These temporary 30 mph signs are therefore not the perfect answer, but I’m still pleased Highways have agreed to my request for them, because if even one driver is made to think about their speed, that could potentially save a life.

The County Council have also agreed to conduct a speed survey (when their resources allow!). They have also agreed to my suggestion of writing to the Church Hall giving them a sign for their notice board asking that parents do not park outside which causes problems of visibility for drivers at the congested junction, and pointing out that London Road car park across the road is free after 6pm (which is when these groups usually meet).

In the meantime can I once again please point out the dangers to people of parking around areas such as schools and clubs like this? With a large number of vehicle movements taking place at the same time as a large number of children going to and leaving the same place, there is obviously an increased risk.

Mick Scrimshaw is the Leader of the Labour Group at Kettering Borough Council, the Shadow Cabinet Member for Finance at Northamptonshire County Council. He has a public record of standing up for Kettering as a County Councillor for the Northall division in Kettering, Northants and since May 2015, a Borough Councillor for the William Knibb ward. He is a keen cyclist and also runs a family business with his wife.

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