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Speed control lost through yellow lines on Crewkerne road

By Western Gazette - Crewkerne  |  Posted: November 17, 2012

Marcus Barrett believes double yellow lines should not have been repainted on North Street as parked cars help to slow traffic

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A Crewkerne campaigner has criticised a recent decision to repaint yellow lines in a built-up area of town where parked cars were acting as a traffic slowing device.

Marcus Barrett has campaigned for four years to get a 20mph limit put in place on North Street, where he has lived for more than 30 years.

He said that over the last six months cars have been able to park there and this slowed traffic on what he described as a dangerous road.

He is concerned for the safety of pedestrians and children at Ashlands School now that yellow lines have been repainted.

Mr Barrett said: “These lines have been absent for, at the very least, six months and quite probably longer.

“I believe that in Misterton, road campaigners have been told that parked cars on the main through-road have acted as a speed control.

“I ask the question, why is North Street different?

“It’s a dangerous stretch of road – I am particularly concerned for the school as the pavement there is very narrow, and it’s a danger for anyone walking along there.

“Local people need parking, they need traffic control measures and they need safer roads. That applies in North Street, elsewhere in Crewkerne, Misterton and our villages.

“It is time for supportive action.”

He added that he felt the faded lines outside the school should have taken priority over those on North Street.

Mr Barrett helped to co-ordinate a town march on North Street in 2008 calling for a 20mph speed limit.

He also helped to put together a petition that was signed by more than 60 residents and parents of schoolchildren.

But he has not yet had any success in influencing Somerset County Council’s highways department.

A Somerset County Council spokesman said: “The lines have been repainted following extensive renewal of the North Street surface and would have been done sooner but parked vehicles prevented this.

“There is a current parking restriction in this area and it serves to allow traffic leaving the North Street Trading Estate safe entry and exit, some of which have been obstructed by parked vehicles recently.”

Mr Barrett said that residents should have been consulted and taken priority over the trading estate as there is a low number of businesses on the estate.

At Crewkerne Town Council’s planning and highways committee meeting this week, town clerk Annette Roffey said the council had received a number of letters from residents requesting a speed indiction device on North Street. The town council is considering this as one of a number of suggestions for where to place such a device.

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