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MP joins anti-speeding campaign in Campden
COTSWOLD MP Geoffrey Clifton-Brown has joined an anti-speeding campaign in Chipping Campden.
Concerned residents met with Mr Clifton-Brown, Bob Skillern from Gloucestershire Highways and John Sanderson, principal of Chipping Campden School, to witness first-hand the problems in Station Road.
They spotted many speeding vehicles, along with cars being parked too close to the bend near the school and the potential danger of the footpath, which has become obscured by overgrown bushes.
Since resident Ann Taylor launched the campaign with fellow resident Terry Brotherton earlier this year, six residents have signed up to be part of the community speed watch scheme where they will be trained to use speed guns to clock those breaking the law.
After pressure from residents – including a petition with more than 200 signatures – safety measures such as 30mph repeater signs, widening of the footpaths and a possible pedestrian crossing could now be introduced as well.
Mr Clifton-Brown said: “I sincerely hope it will be possible to introduce the measures outlined by Bob Skillern, and that they will have a significant effect in slowing the traffic down, as I fear that someone could be injured, unless something is done.”
Mrs Taylor, of Berrington Road, said they would continue to push for safety measures.
“If this doesn’t work and it doesn’t stop it then we will push for something else,” she said.
“We feel so strongly about it. We worry there’s going to be an accident.”
Mr Skillern, Gloucestershire County Council local highways manager, said: “Several proposals have been put forward over concerns about traffic speeds in Station Road, including additional signs, road marking, footway maintenance, police enforcement and a community speed campaign.
“We are working with the community to determine how best to address these concerns.”