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Road safety concerns addressed at special meeting in Darlington
RESIDENTS will work with police officers to crack down on dangerous driving in their neighbourhood, it was decided last night (Wednesday, August 22).
A steering group of residents and police officers was set up at a special meeting held to discuss road safety issues in a Darlington neighbourhood.
The meeting was called in light of several recent incidents in the Carmel Road South area of the town – the most serious of which being a collision that led to the death of 53-year-old cyclist Michael Severs in May.
Local residents who had earlier called for traffic calming measures, new signage and more police presence in the area were invited to the meeting to hear feedback from the police on their suggestions.
Police at the event said work had already been undertaken in relation to some areas of concern, saying more will be done to tackle speeding drivers and enhance safety in the area.
Officers recently liaised with Darlington Borough Council in a bid to get signage in the area cleaned and trees obscuring signs pruned for better visibility.
They have also been negotiating with haulage companies in a bid to stop large HGV lorries regularly driving in the area.
The police will also work with residents on the new steering group to discuss and address any remaining concerns.
Durham and Darlington’s police and crime commissioner Ron Hogg attended the event, along with police officers, councillors and more than 60 members of the public.
Mr Hogg – who has pledged to help fund speed-related signage in the area – said the meeting had been a positive step.
He said: “Progress is being made and there is a lot being done. People clearly had a lot of concerns but the meeting showed that the police were willing to listen to them.
“The more we can do to get the community and the police working together, the better.”
Councillor Heather Scott, who organised the meeting, said: “There was a very positive reaction, from residents and police.
“People feel we are making progress and there is a willingness and commitment from the police to help local residents with their concerns.”
To get involved with the steering group, contact Heather Scott by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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