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Village takes a stand against speeding drivers
5:16pm Monday 14th July 2014 in News
ANTI-speeding measures are being installed on a busy road near Yarm after residents complained of large lorries and speeding traffic plaguing their village.
Residents in Hilton, near Yarm, raised concerns about the speeds that drivers go through their village on the way to and from Seamer and Stokesley from Yarm and Ingleby Barwick, at a meeting last week.
Now anti-speeding measures are being installed to warn drivers if they are going too fast.
The village already has an electronic speed sign, and Stockton Council surveys showed traffic going in that direction was slower.
The council has now agreed to put in an electronic sign in the other direction which will warn drivers if they are exceeding the 30mph limit on Seamer Road.
The move comes after officers from Stockton Council attended a meeting of Hilton Parish Council last week to listen to residents’ concerns.
Councillor Mike Smith, Stockton Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Transport, said: “We are aware of this issue and have carried out some surveys to get a full understanding of it.
“We already have a similar sign facing westbound traffic, which has helped to reduce speeds since it was installed in 2009. We are hopeful that this new sign will have a similar effect on eastbound speeds.
“We have also highlighted the issue with the police so they can consider carrying out additional enforcement in the area.”
He said the sign would be installed by the end of October.
Judy Daniels, clerk of Hilton Parish Council, said that residents had also complained about the amount of lorries going through the village and waking residents up at night.
She said the empty lorries were a particular concern as they rattled through and that residents had been complaining for years about the issue.
Cllr Smith added: “Our surveys have shown that up to 44 such vehicles are going through the village on some days and, while this is not unlawful, we do understand that it is a worry to local people, who are also being disturbed by noisy lorries passing in the early hours.
“We have agreed to contact the companies who use this route most to appeal to them to consider using alternative routes.”