Petition forces council's hand over speed limits in Sunninghill

Published: 25 Dec 2013 12:300 comments

CONCERNED residents have managed to force a council to act following a petition calling for traffic-calming measures in Sunninghill.

A 223-strong petition was submitted to a full council meeting of the Royal Borough this month after residents noticed motorists frequently travelling along Bagshot Road at what they considered dangerously high speeds.

The 30mph stretch of the road from High Street to the Macdonald Berystede Hotel is regularly used by pupils of Charters School in Sunningdale, and residents are worried the speed limit is not being taken seriously.

Simon Roberts, of Cavendish Meads, decided to act following a full Sunninghill and Ascot Parish Council meeting in September where he believed concerns were not taken seriously.

“It has become dangerous, especially with Charters students walking up and down the road. Motorists regularly break the speed limit by about 10-20mph,” he said.

“There are no traffic calming measures in place and the signage is not good enough because it is really old and partly obscured by tree branches.”

After Mr Roberts gathered signatures from traders and residents to form the petition in October and November, he requested the Royal Borough conducted several speed tests along the road.

The results showed that motorists travelled down the road at an average speed of 36mph, with the highest speed recorded standing at 50mph.

The petition was then formally submitted to a full council meeting by Cllr Peter Comber on December 10.

After reviewing the petition and speed tests, the Royal Borough and the parish council agreed on a traffic calming scheme where a pinch point and speed cushion would be installed on the road opposite the junction with Fox Covert Close early next year.

Mr Roberts said: “I think the message is getting through that people are very concerned about speeding in the local area.

“I would like to say thank you to Cllr Comber who has worked very hard on this. Another special mention has to go to the people of Sunninghill because without the signatures and all the support they gave me I would not have been encouraged to pursue this.

“It should make a big difference to the community.”

Cllr Comber added: “Traffic seems to have grown a lot in the village so there is a focus on traffic calming measures.”

A similar petition, made up of 271 signatures, was submitted by Sunningdale resident Louise Bollands at the same council meeting.

The petition also calls for traffic calming measures in Kings Road and Rise Road in Sunningdale.

As a result of this, the Royal Borough has agreed to carry out a speed survey to assess whether traffic calming measures are warranted.

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