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Meeting will hear of Darlington residents' traffic concerns
TRAFFIC calming measures and fundraising to pay for temporary speed cameras are among the road safety measures expected to be discussed at a public meeting.
Dozens of residents are expected to attend the meeting to discuss road safety concerns in the Carmel Road South area of Darlington tonight (Wednesday).
The issue was brought to a head with the death of 53-year-old cyclist Michael Severs on the road in May.
There have also been a number of other incidents, including one in which an HGV crashed into a telegraph pole.
Durham and Darlington’s police and crime commissioner Ron Hogg is set to take part in the partners and communities together (Pact) meeting to discuss the issue.
Councillor Heather Scott, who lives in Carmel Road South and represents the Park West ward on Darlington Borough Council, is encouraging people to attend the meeting.
Coun Scott said: “I am hoping for some positive outcomes from the meeting.
“Someone from [the council’s] highways department may attend, but [even if they cannot make it] they have said if I refer it to them, they will try and see what can be done.
“There has been talk of extending the 30mph speed limit closer to Blands Corner, the junction with the A66, to slow the traffic down, as a short-term measure.
“One of the things I am concerned about, with the planned developments at the former Blackwell Grange Golf Club, is that we need to look at access options for those sites.
“It may be that a roundabout could be part of the solution, but this is something that needs to be looked at sensibly.”
Coun Scott said the possibility of installing temporary so-called matrix signs, which tell motorists their current speed as they drive past and can act as a deterrent, had also been discussed.
She added: “It is something that some of the villages have done, but it does cost money, so it’s something we can put to the residents and see whether there is enough interest to do some fundraising for.”
The meeting will take place at 5.30pm, on Wednesday, August 23, at Elm Ridge Methodist Church, in Carmel Road South.
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