Pensioner’s fight for sign to stop speeding motorists on Barnsley Road

Geoff Clayton,83, who lives on Barnsley Road,Wakefield, is so fed up of taking his life into his hands when pulling out of his drive that he has put a 30mph speed sign up outside his house.
Geoff Clayton,83, who lives on Barnsley Road,Wakefield, is so fed up of taking his life into his hands when pulling out of his drive that he has put a 30mph speed sign up outside his house.

A WORRIED pensioner who has been campaigning for years to get a speed limit sign outside his home has taken the law into his own hands.

Geoff Leighton has made a 30mph speed sign and put it up right outside his home on Barnsley Road to slow dangerous drivers.

Geoff Clayton,83, who lives on Barnsley Road,Wakefield, is so fed up of taking his life into his hands when pulling out of his drive that he has put a 30mph speed sign up outside his house.

Geoff Clayton,83, who lives on Barnsley Road,Wakefield, is so fed up of taking his life into his hands when pulling out of his drive that he has put a 30mph speed sign up outside his house.

The 83-year-old said he has been fighting for a proper sign since about 2006, when the speed limit was reduced from 40mph to 30mph.

He said: “We take our lives into our hands every time we pull out of our drive because people fly along here at 60-70 miles an hour.

“The last straw came about two weeks ago when a friend was leaving our house and her car was almost written off by a speeding driver.

“Someone is going to get killed.”

Mr Leighton said there had been many accidents on the road, and he has written countless letters to the council on the issue, but nothing has been done.

This week he received a letter from the local authority, asking him to remove the sign because it did not have advertising approval. An enforcement officer turned up at his home on Wednesday asking him to remove it.

Highways enforcement officer, John Whitworth, said: “The road traffic regulations act states that if something is on private land, appertaining to highway users, then it has to come down.”

He added: “If the sign were to distract a driver and they had an accident, Mr Leighton could be liable. I sympathise but it is an offence because the sign has not been lawfully erected.”

Bob Taylor, service manager for enforcement, said: “Motorists breaking the speed limit face not only penalties but more importantly they are putting themselves and the lives of others at risk.

“We urge all drivers to be careful and to drive within the legal speed limits.

“We cannot allow unauthorised signs which conflict with legal road notices so we have asked Mr Leighton to remove the sign.”