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Residents call for traffic calming on Potteries estate

Residents are calling for traffic calming measures on a Stoke-on-Trent housing estate.

People living in parts of Norton Heights says some pets have been killed and there has been a number of near misses due to speeding motorists.

A city councillor who was almost run over on the estate she described as a “racetrack” has launched a fresh campaign for measures to be introduced.

Councillor Candi Chetwynd, who represents the Ford Green and Smallthorne ward, has previously joined Norton Heights residents in calling for measures to slow down speeding motorists on the estate’s roads.

But their requests to Stoke on Trent City Council in recent years have so far not met with success. Now Councillor Chetwynd has launched a e-petition on the council’s website which runs until July 10.

The petition calls on the council to “fully investigate and implement traffic and parking calming in all areas of the Norton Heights estate”.

It stated: “Due to the lack of council funding, our estate is on a waiting list to be allocated the specific attention required to ensure that our roads and pavements are being used safely. There should not be a waiting time or price on public safety.

“There have been several campaigns and calls for action since the estate was first established over 10 years ago, however, unfortunately we are continuing to suffer from the lack of support and action on the part of the local authority.

“Vehicles can be seen travelling at great speed along streets and roads on the estate. Parked cars are sometimes blocking the view of drivers. Allocated parking spaces are not always used.

“Speed calming measures are desperately needed to deter and prevent motorists from breaking the law and putting lives at risks. Many near misses occur on a daily basis as vehicles scramble to pass each other.

“Residents are hoping that their concerns will now finally be heard and taken seriously as a matter of public safety.

“We have a children’s playground on the green space at the centre of the estate where vehicles can be seen speeding alongside. We want to see action to prevent any accidents. It is the local authority’s duty of care to keep residents safe.”

Councillor Chetwynd said: “A cat has been killed and there have been near misses. I nearly got run over on Bur Tree Drive – cars come out of nowhere. Bellerton Lane is a racetrack and Chillington Way. It is a speeding triangle.

“People hear the brakes slam and they are waiting for the bangs. We have had footage that showed people racing.

“People have issues with parking too. The council are trying to ignore it and it’s wrong.”

A spokesperson for Stoke on Trent City Council said the authority would not comment on the e-petition at this stage.

If an e-petition receives at least five signatures it is reported to a meeting of the full council by an officer before being referred to the relevant chief officer who will be responsible for responding to the petition. The lead petition is invited to speak on the petition at the full council meeting if at least 100 signatures are received.

For petitions that receive at least 2,500 signatures a relevant senior officer will give evidence at a public meeting of the council’s overview and scrutiny committee.

And petitions that receive at least 5,000 will be debated by the full council – unless it is a petition asking for a senior council officer to give evidence at a public meeting. At these debates the lead petitioner is given five minutes to present their case to the full council meeting.

 

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