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Speeding to be probed in Northwood roads
A TEAM from Hillingdon council will investigate whether it needs to install traffic calming measures in three roads, following petitions from residents. Neighbours from High Street and Church Road, as well as Townsend Way, have asked the council to take the steps after noticing cars speeding near their homes.
They gathered at Hillingdon Civic centre last week (Weds) to voice their concerns to cabinet member for transportation Councillor Keith Burrows.
The meeting heard that speeding traffic in High Street, Northwood and nearby Church Road, is making residents lives a misery.
Lead petitioner Mark England, who lives in High Street, said there was strong feelings about the issue and people wanted to see safety measures, such as speed humps or cameras, introduced.
He said: "People have been treating it as a race track.
"It ebbs and flows but at certain times it is terrible."
Wife Emma added: "We absolutely love living in the High Street, we love living in Northwood. We're passionate about the area but we feel that the traffic speed is really spoiling life for everybody.
"What we would really love is for you to do something physical about this and be as proactive as you can."
Ward councillor Carol Melvin backed the calls for something to be done.
She said: "I've stood in the High Street and watched them coming down. It's an absolute nightmare. They come past at a phenomenal speed from about half past four in the morning."
She added that the problem may have been worsened by drivers trying to avoid recently installed traffic calming measures in nearby Green Lane.
Residents in nearby Townsend Way have also submitted a separate petition demanding a solution to speeding problems.
A representative of Hillside Community Church, part of Emmaunel Church in Church Road, told the meeting the issue was something that regularly came up when they spoke to residents.
One resident described how he had been involved in an accident himself on the street, which he believed was caused by another driver.
Cllr Burrows said the council would carry out investigations in all three roads to see what could be done.
Residents in Langland Court also gathered at the meeting to discuss their petition.
They have called on the council to allow footway parking in their narrow street.
Twenty of twenty one households signed the petition, sparked because of fears about emergency access as well as damage caused to parked cars as vehicles passed through.
Councillor Keith Burrows told the gathered residents they would be able to park partially on the footpath as an emergency measure, until a review of the situation is carried out.
Residents will then be consulted on what they want to happen permanently.
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