Report Cowbit speeders to the police, villagers are told
Villagers upset with a failed bid for traffic calming measures on a Cowbit road have been told to report speeding drivers to the police.
A plea by Cowbit Parish Council for an existing 30mph on part of Barrier Bank, formerly the A1073, to be extended along the whole road was rejected by county highways officers.
The request was backed by Coun Nigel Pepper, Lincolnshire County Council member for Cowbit, who organised a public meeting last year to address concerns about speeding in the village.
Coun Pepper said: "The section of Barrier Bank that has within it a shop, village hall, church, business premises, playing field and school has a maximum speed limit of 30 mph which is deemed to be appropriate for that section.
"Unlike most villages, a fixed speed camera is in place to enforce this, so I looked into getting the speed limit reduced along the remainder of Barrier Bank as requested at the Cowbit Parish Council meeting in September.
"However, this was declined by the county's highway department as the present maximum speed limits are deemed to be appropriate and, unfortunately, Barrier Bank does not meet the criteria in Lincolnshire County Council's speed limit policy."
As reported by our sister newspaper, the Spalding Guardian, on Thursday, villagers reacted with disappointment to the speed limit decision during this month's parish council meeting.
Coun Chris Elliott said: "For the county council to say 'We're not prepared to do anything about the speed limit because there haven't been any fatalities' is a strange way to look at things."
Coun Pepper said: "I arranged a public meeting at Cowbit Village Hall in March 2018 which was attended by Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership, the county council's executive member for highways and the police.
"Since then Community Speed Watch volunteers and neighbourhood policing teams have both been active along Barrier Bank, having a positive effect on reducing speeds on the road.
"I have received complaints about speeding from every village in my county council ward, but none of them has received the same level of attention as Barrier Bank and if people are aware of persistent offenders, I would urge them to call 101."