Call to tackle village speeding

Bob Crowther from Crigglestone. One of many residents that are concerned about the speed of drivers, in particular lorries, that are using the High Street as a rat run.'w6870a145

Bob Crowther from Crigglestone. One of many residents that are concerned about the speed of drivers, in particular lorries, that are using the High Street as a rat run.'w6870a145

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SPEEDING drivers and lorries thundering through Crigglestone are putting lives at risk, residents have said.

People living in the village say drivers have acted dangerously on the High Street for the past three years.

And they say their concerns have not been acted upon.

Bob Crowther, who lives on High Street, said: “We could do with all the help we can get because a lot of people cross the road around here and it is very dangerous at the moment.

“The village is still burdened with excessive speeding in the High Street, coupled with the illegal use of Hollin Lane and Durkar Lane by articulated vehicles.”

Last month the Express reported discussions that had taken place between Sandal residents and highways officers at Wakefield Council about restrictions on Chevet Lane.

Mr Crowther added: “We would greatly appreciate the same level of interest from the local authority regarding our traffic problems. Regular speed checks would be a big deterrent I think.”

Insp Helen Brear, of Rural neighbourhood police team (NPT), said she was aware of problems in Crigglestone.

She said: “We have been asked by the local parish council to provide additional policing and we are doing regular patrols in that location.

“We will prosecute anyone found breaking the law.

“We have also been working with the council’s highways department and we will listen to residents’ concerns.”

Insp Brear encouraged people to call the NPT on 01924 293256 if they have concerns about speeders in the village.

A spokeswoman for Wakefield Council said: “We are investigating a number of complaints including the use of Chevet Lane by HGV traffic.

“We are happy to meet with local representatives to discuss their concerns further.”