Pensioner’s fears over speeding in Spalding’s Stonegate

Pensioner Bert Collins fears for the safety of road users in Stonegate. SG230916-201TW
Pensioner Bert Collins fears for the safety of road users in Stonegate. SG230916-201TW
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A pensioner is campaigning for action to stop traffic speeding on the road leading to Spalding High School before someone is killed.

Bert Collins (76) says he saw a driver do a dangerous, high speed overtake on a bend in Stonegate a couple of months ago and reported the incident to police.

The silver car was “just a blur” and travelling too fast for him to work out the vehicle model or read its number plate.

The 30mph road is used by students going to the high school and the South Holland Post 16 Centre on Matmore Gate.

Mr Collins says he realises police resources are stretched but claims nothing happened after he reported the incident, apart from a visit by two women officers who assured him the road “is not dangerous”.

He said: “In essence, all I am asking for is that the police and the local council take this more seriously before someone gets killed because, believe me, it will happen. I am not wishing it to happen but it will happen.”

Mr Collins says he is an experienced motorist and “not a bad judge of speed” and witnessed a blue car travelling along Stonegate at a dangerously high speed – 60mph-plus – at about 10am on Thursday. The car was once more going too fast for him to note down its registration.

Mr Collins said: “As someone who is concerned about people’s safety, this is a disaster waiting to happen. It needs some sort of system that restricts the speed of cars along that road.

“There was an accident a couple of years ago where two cars collided down there but, obviously, people didn’t learn a lesson from it.”

Mr Collins says he’s a Londoner and no stranger to people breaking traffic laws but believes people should realise cars are lethal weapons, especially when driven at high speed.

“It’s like putting a loaded gun in people’s hands,” he said. “It is in fact more dangerous than that.”

A police spokesman said: “In our experience, people’s perception of the speed cars travel isn’t always an accurate reflection of what’s really going on and when the Road Safety Partnership puts in monitoring equipment, the reality is very different.

“Local NPTs (Neighbourhood Policing Teams) will frequently use hand-held radar to monitor hot-spots but if a member of the public really feels there is a serious problem in their area then they can raise it with the local council with a view to getting temporary monitoring equipment installed. I can’t see any reported incidents for this area within the last few months so it doesn’t appear to have been flagged up as a particular problem.”

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