Heathlands Road campaigners to fight onBy Caroline Cook
January 19, 2012
Worried campaigners who were calling for the speed limit of a Wokingham road to be reduced have vowed to carry on their fight with new proposals for the road.
Families living and working in Heathlands Road submitted a petition to the council in September last year calling for the speed limit to be reduced to 40mph for the entire length of the road.
The proposal was rejected by the council, but those living in the road relaunched their campaign with a public meeting on Friday, January 13.
Patricia Daniels, who lives in Heathlands Road and led the original petition, said the campaigners had come up with other proposals which they hoped the council would consider.
She said: “From the meeting it was clear there is no possibility of having the speed limit reduced.
“This is a rural road which has no lighting and no pavements and the speed limit is 60mph.
“However the executive member for transport did ask us to suggest ways the road could be improved and a number of ideas were made.”
Among the ideas suggested was to paint white lines down the road to make it clear which lane vehicles should be travelling in.
A mirror positioned opposite Heathlands Court was also suggested to help people trying to pull out of the road.
Mrs Daniels said: “Ideally we still want it to be 40mph along the whole length of the road.
“It is 50mph as you come off Nine Mile Ride then it becomes 60mph very quickly.
“It’s going past two schools, a craft village and a garden centre and our main concern is about safety for pedestrians.”
Mrs Daniels said those living in Heathlands Court are unable to walk out of their road as there is too much danger from passing traffic.
She also said it means pupils living near to Holme Grange School are unable to walk to the school, despite living so close.
Councillor Keith Baker, executive member for transport, said the council had looked into the speed of the road but had not found a need to reduce the speed limit.
He said: “If you can imagine, every single one of our 1,700 roads can all have the potential for accidents.
“That is the nature of the road and a car.
“Therefore we have to review tangible measures about whether we need to do something about speeding in road X rather than road Y.”
Cllr Baker said accident statistics are used to consider whether speed needs to be changed and the council also discusses changes with Thames Valley Police.
Cllr Baker also said other measures such as white lines could be considered.