Sign location delay as councillors call for speed surveys

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Concerns have been raised about speeding motorists in different parts of the Ponteland Town Council area.

Following councillor input, the highways working party discussed potential locations for a vehicle-activated speed sign to rotate with the new sign being purchased for use at Cheviot View.

The three suggested places were Middle Drive, Callerton Lane and Thornhill Road and the full council was asked to choose one of them at a recent meeting.

Coun Christine Greenwell made the case for Thornhill Road, where Ponteland First School and Richard Coates Middle School are located.

She said: “This is something positive we can do to help with child safety.

“The speed of a vehicle is often the difference between a child’s life being taken and the child still being alive if they are hit.”

Coun Sue Johnson said some cars go very fast along the whole of Callerton Lane and Coun Liz Thompson said these signs don’t just have to be near schools and play areas because speeding is a major problem along Western Way.

Coun Richard Dodd said more information was needed from speed surveys before a second location is chosen and put forward an amendment.

He added: “From my experience of trying to deal with issues on Thornhill Road, illegal parking is the main problem and some residents have a perception of speeding that is different from the reality.”

Seven members were in favour of the amendment and three were against. Coun Robin Ramsay said the surveys were needed because the signs should only be used in places where there are proven speed-related issues.

If a vehicle exceeds a preset speed threshold, the speed limit and/or a warning message will illuminate on the vehicle activated sign to remind the driver/rider to slow down.