Resident fears for children as drivers speed

First published in News

ACTION could be taken to address speeding concerns in a residential road in Malvern.

Businessman Richard Simmonds says he is “amazed” at the speed some drivers travel through 30mph Cowleigh Bank, in North Malvern, and fears that someone will be seriously hurt if the “frequent flouting of the law” is not stopped.

Mr Simmonds moved to Cowleigh Bank a year ago and says he has witnessed “countless” accidents and near misses since then.

He is particularly concerned about safety as there is a school, Northleigh Primary, just around the corner.

On Friday, November 30, a speeding driver knocked the wing mirror off Mr Simmonds’ parked car and drove off without stopping.

“This was a wing mirror, which ultimately can be replaced but of far more concern to the community is the danger presented to the children by these speeding drivers,” he said.

“It is a public road and everyone has a right to drive on it but I would implore people to pay a little bit more respect”

Councillor Beverley Nielsen, who represents the Malvern Trinity division on Worcestershire County Council, said she would raise the concerns with highways officers.

She believes the fact that Cowleigh Bank was recently resurfaced could encourage people to drive too quickly.

She will be asking for speed indicator devices to be installed in an attempt to slow people down.

Coun Nielsen added that, in the long-term, she would like to see more done to protect pedestrians in residential areas.

“I agree with some of my fellow councillors that we should have 20mph speed limits in residential areas,” she said.

“I think what we need is a change of culture to make sure people realise that the priority is pedestrians.”

Duncan Jones, headteacher at Northleigh Primary, said parents had not raised any concerns about Cowleigh Bank itself but there were sometimes problems with people driving too quickly along St Peters Road.

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12:27pm Mon 17 Dec 12

MissyPip says...

The problem has nothing to do with the road having been resurfaced - it is a long, relatively straight run down the hill so people pick up speed easily going down. At school time there is a problem with parked cars, including those parked on the double yellow lines. Drivers get frustrated by having to weave in and out (particularly now that cars are being parked on either side of the road near to the junction with St Peters Road) and therefore speed up once clear of the obstructions. Added to all this is the failure of many road users to appreciate that the junction with Broadlands Drive is tricky - cars coming down the hill are almost impossible to see until they reach the junction and this is made much more of a problem by excess speed.
The problem has nothing to do with the road having been resurfaced - it is a long, relatively straight run down the hill so people pick up speed easily going down. At school time there is a problem with parked cars, including those parked on the double yellow lines. Drivers get frustrated by having to weave in and out (particularly now that cars are being parked on either side of the road near to the junction with St Peters Road) and therefore speed up once clear of the obstructions. Added to all this is the failure of many road users to appreciate that the junction with Broadlands Drive is tricky - cars coming down the hill are almost impossible to see until they reach the junction and this is made much more of a problem by excess speed. MissyPip
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2:23pm Tue 18 Dec 12

Mercianary says...

Unbelieveable,

Another person moves to an area of which they are aware of "where" they are moving to. Only to demand a lower speed limit.

No doubt the complainant never speeds anywhere and is upstanding pillar of the community.

Mr Simmonds does not just complain of speed, he also raises people parking on both sides of the road at school times.

Guess what its en route to a Primary school that serves Malvern and right through to Colwall. Parents probably do not wish to let their offspring walk up Old Hollow and other dangerous roads, especially as twice this year their have been Paedophile reported incidents in the area.

If anyone wishes to live on a road where there are no children and no speeding cars or indeed parked cars then really when selecting a place to live a cul de sac or a place out of town is more suitable.

Parents dropping off at school are always running close for time as schools do not allow earlier than 8.30 drop off, hence the congestion.

By lowering any speed limits on any road the volume that can be achieved in a set time reduces. With more and more people moving to Malvern and the prospect of thousands of new homes being built, new roads with more capacity and speeds able to allow people to rapidly enter and egress the area will be required.

None of this is down to forcing lower limits, its about education and driving/parking appropriately.

At times of the day 20mph has the potential to be dangerous on any road. Its about reading the situation.

Also as we get older our reactions and judgement slow so logically those people should either to abide by different limits or stop driving. This is not fair or practical on the drivers that are responsible and adjust their style according to the ability they have.

Broad, unsubstantiated statements calling for action based upon an individuals personal agendas are erroneous and disingenuous and do not really convey the motive of the complaint.

A similar complainer is for reduced speed limits on the A449 due to some people having accidents. Given the number of road journeys undertaken each day in Malvern to Worcester/M5 etc it is incredible there are not more as the 449 has no where near enough capacity and should be made dual carriageway the full distance to Powick with a 60 and 70 mph limit with no right hand turns allowed.

Malvern Resident for 20 years
Unbelieveable, Another person moves to an area of which they are aware of "where" they are moving to. Only to demand a lower speed limit. No doubt the complainant never speeds anywhere and is upstanding pillar of the community. Mr Simmonds does not just complain of speed, he also raises people parking on both sides of the road at school times. Guess what its en route to a Primary school that serves Malvern and right through to Colwall. Parents probably do not wish to let their offspring walk up Old Hollow and other dangerous roads, especially as twice this year their have been Paedophile reported incidents in the area. If anyone wishes to live on a road where there are no children and no speeding cars or indeed parked cars then really when selecting a place to live a cul de sac or a place out of town is more suitable. Parents dropping off at school are always running close for time as schools do not allow earlier than 8.30 drop off, hence the congestion. By lowering any speed limits on any road the volume that can be achieved in a set time reduces. With more and more people moving to Malvern and the prospect of thousands of new homes being built, new roads with more capacity and speeds able to allow people to rapidly enter and egress the area will be required. None of this is down to forcing lower limits, its about education and driving/parking appropriately. At times of the day 20mph has the potential to be dangerous on any road. Its about reading the situation. Also as we get older our reactions and judgement slow so logically those people should either to abide by different limits or stop driving. This is not fair or practical on the drivers that are responsible and adjust their style according to the ability they have. Broad, unsubstantiated statements calling for action based upon an individuals personal agendas are erroneous and disingenuous and do not really convey the motive of the complaint. A similar complainer is for reduced speed limits on the A449 due to some people having accidents. Given the number of road journeys undertaken each day in Malvern to Worcester/M5 etc it is incredible there are not more as the 449 has no where near enough capacity and should be made dual carriageway the full distance to Powick with a 60 and 70 mph limit with no right hand turns allowed. Malvern Resident for 20 years Mercianary
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