PLANS for four traffic calming schemes in east Durham are likely to win approval this week despite objections.

Durham County Council plans to install three speed humps in Waveney Road, Peterlee, on the approach to a primary school.

Eight humps would be put down in Brandling Way, Peterlee, at the request of residents who want to stop taxis using the road as a rat run.

In Front Street, Hesleden, the council is proposing to install a chicane, at the request of the parish council.

A chicane is also planned in Dunelm Road, Thornley, where calming measures have been requested by the New Thornley Regeneration Project.

The county's highways committee will be told on Wednesday that a resident is objecting to the Waveney Road proposal, saying that humps could cause problems on gradients in winter, and damage car exhausts.

A resident of Lowther Road, Peterlee, is opposing the Brandling Way scheme, claiming that problems could be solved with parking restrictions.

The council's director of environment and technical services, Chris Tunstall, says in a report: "I am satisfied the proposals offer a road safety value, and are the most appropriate means of addressing concerns.

"All the proposals would comply with the requisite criteria.''