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Petition launches for 20mph zone at Hornchurch estate after drivers treat roads like a 'race track'

PUBLISHED: 07:00 22 November 2017 | UPDATED: 12:38 22 November 2017

A general view of a 20mph speed limit sign. Picture: Dominic Lipinsk/PA Archive/PA Images

A general view of a 20mph speed limit sign. Picture: Dominic Lipinsk/PA Archive/PA Images

Dominic Lipinsk/PA Archive/PA Images

A petition has been launched to lower the speed limit at an estate after growing concerns that drivers are excessively speeding.

Residents from the Dury Falls Estate, Dury Falls Close, Hornchurch, have expressed their worries over the speed at which people have been driving throughout the neighbourhood over the past few months and are calling for something to be done.

Resident Garry Procter said: “The Dury Falls estate has seen an increase in young families over the last few years and the measure will make for a safer and healthier environment for the young to grow up in.

“The reduced speed initiative could save lives and improve quality of life for the residents.”

Bob Hall said: “People are treating the roads on the estate as a race track rather than a residential area and the fact the estate has only one way in and out of Wingletye Lane appears to exacerbate peoples’ bad behaviour.”

In response to residents’ concerns, Councillor Clarence Barrett has launched a petition asking for the council to reduce the 30mph speed limit and instead introduce a 20mph limit zone on the estate.

He believes that a 20mph zone would make the estate a safer environment for residents and drivers, will improve the character of the area and quality of life for residents and contribute towards reducing levels of noise and air pollution.

Councillor Barrett said: “The introduction of a 20mph zone, as seen in other parts of the borough, would make the estate a safer place.

Also, as the estate only has one road in and out, the 20mph zone can be easily contained within a defined area.

“For example, it will see a reduction in speed levels which will make a for a safer environment for residents and road users alike, it will improve the character of the area and quality of life of all residents while contributing towards a cleaner environment by reducing levels of noise and air pollution.

“As the estate has only one road in and out, the 20mph zone can be easily contained within a clearly defined area.”

To sign the petition, visit here

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