"No point" in cutting speed limit where police can't enforce it, say council
THE speed limit will not be reduced on a tight bend where four vehicles have lost control and careered into the same garden in the past five years.
A plea from Peter and Deborah Long to impose a limit in Rocky Lane, Gatton Bottom, Reigate, was refused at a Surrey County Council meeting on Monday. They were told there was no point putting a speed limit on a narrow road where a police car could not enforce it.
It has left the couple, who have two teenage daughters who walk to nearby Royal Alexandra and Albert School, feeling that someone will have to be seriously hurt before the authorities act.
"Two weeks ago we had another car lose control on the bend outside our house and go through our fence," Mr Long told the county council's Reigate and Banstead local committee meeting. "This is about the fourth in five years."
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"There is no speed limit on the road and the markings for the sharp right-hand bend are very inadequate."
Defending the decision not to cut the limit, John Lawlor, the council's area roads manager, said: "If the police cannot position a vehicle out there to monitor or enforce the speeds or do regular checks, they don't see, under the guidance, any point in reducing it. "
Bob Gardner, county councillor for Merstham and Banstead South, said: "It is interesting that with the London to Brighton cycle race taking place, they have actually put a big sign up there saying 'this is an accident blackspot'."
Between January 2010 and March 2013, there were seven crashes in which people were injured on the road, including one seriously. Four were cyclists on the annual London to Brighton ride.
The council has also refused to install traffic-calming measures but did propose investigating additional signs.
Speaking after the meeting, Mr Long said: "Most drivers, if they see a 30mph limit, will think there is a good reason for it."
Mrs Long added: "We need some signs. I do not feel the council's response addresses this problem. My concern is children walking to school. The council has a policy and it should apply."