Residents get traffic survey results five months after pressuring council

CAMPAIGNERS who claim to live on rat-run roads have finally received the results of a traffic survey conducted by the council, after five months of pressure.

According to the campaigners, the results of the survey show that during one 24-hour period 1,731 cars used Wellington and Nelson Roads, in Wanstead and one car was recorded speeding at 70mph.

A further six cars travelled at over 50mph and 240 cars were recorded as travelling in excess of 30mph.

Residents claim the council initially declined to respond to the Freedom of Information Act, but after an appeal they successfully gained the results, but only of one day and not of the whole week-long survey.

Ellen Pugh, 34, of Wellington Road, said: " The fact the council wouldn't let us have the information is quite something.

"To see that cars regularly travel at 50, 60 or even 70mph was quite an eye opener.

"If the councillors or the council as a whole doesn't take action knowing that cars are travelling at excessive speeds on our roads they had better have a good reason as to why.

"As elderly residents have pointed out, they don't feel safe on the roads. It is an accident waiting to happen."

Residents now want to see a 20mph speed limit, speed bumps, a one way system and no left turn from Hermon Hill into Nelson Road during peak periods introduced by the council.

Betty Wheel, 78, of Wellington Road added: "Sorting our road out is not really a priority as far as the council is concerned.

"They need to realise we are serious about it. The results of the survey really don't surprise me."

A spokesman for Redbridge Council said: "The survey in question was carried out following a request from councillors who wished to see a report presented to Area Committee One on the findings.

"The Freedom Of Information request was initially refused and the member of the public was advised that this was because the survey results were to be published at a later date. The report on this survey is currently scheduled to be presented at Area Committee One on November 26 when members of the committee will have the opportunity to decide what course of action should be taken based on the results.

"Future publication is a valid reason to refuse an FOI under section 22 of the Freedom of Information Act.

"The council, although not obliged to release the information, reconsidered the decision to refuse the FOI following an appeal, and sent the information requested to the applicant. No information was held back."

 

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12:36pm Sat 3 Nov 12

HottRedMan says...

Short cut not a rat run, nothing to do with animals.
Sounds like a lot of NIMBY's here. at this rate the way these people go on, every road would be shut off apart from main roads.

The roads they mention are hardly used as a short cut. It takes longer to drive that way instead of via the High Street. I can only assume it is people escaping traffic from the High Street because of vehicles turning right into Hermon Hill blocking up the High Street as nothing can get past them.

As for the 70mph. I have to admit it seems amazing someone actually did that speed. I can only assume it may have been times such as after midnight or by someone on a motorbike. They seem to always go way excessive of the speed limit.
Short cut not a rat run, nothing to do with animals. Sounds like a lot of NIMBY's here. at this rate the way these people go on, every road would be shut off apart from main roads. The roads they mention are hardly used as a short cut. It takes longer to drive that way instead of via the High Street. I can only assume it is people escaping traffic from the High Street because of vehicles turning right into Hermon Hill blocking up the High Street as nothing can get past them. As for the 70mph. I have to admit it seems amazing someone actually did that speed. I can only assume it may have been times such as after midnight or by someone on a motorbike. They seem to always go way excessive of the speed limit. HottRedMan
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2:52pm Sun 4 Nov 12

Cornbeefur says...

Like St Mary's Avenue where they had a long running campaign as the NIBY's (whilst enjoying rat runs anywhere but their Road) put silly little placards in their front gardens deterring any prospective purchasers of property off of the idea.

They managed to get the Council to reduce the Restriction Barrier by another millimetre or thereabouts.
Like St Mary's Avenue where they had a long running campaign as the NIBY's (whilst enjoying rat runs anywhere but their Road) put silly little placards in their front gardens deterring any prospective purchasers of property off of the idea. They managed to get the Council to reduce the Restriction Barrier by another millimetre or thereabouts. Cornbeefur
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12:35pm Thu 8 Nov 12

G. Robertson says...

This is hilarious. Have they ever considered that fact that speed bumps will lower the value of there homes, and are known to do structural damage to properties?
Clearly they want to bite there noses off to spite there faces here.
This is hilarious. Have they ever considered that fact that speed bumps will lower the value of there homes, and are known to do structural damage to properties? Clearly they want to bite there noses off to spite there faces here. G. Robertson
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