Villagers start campaign for reduced speed limits in Upper Cumberworth

Cut speed limits is plea from Upper Cumberworth residents

Ken and Val Buttle, who are concerned about speeding traffic on Barnsley Road, Upper Cumberworth.

Villagers want speed limits to be cut on a main road close to their homes.

And residents in Upper Cumberworth also want to see other measures trialled to improve safety on the busy Barnsley Road.

They have come up with a list of ideas which include:

New road signs

Speed cameras to trap drivers

Cardboard police officers

The ideas were all mooted at a public meeting, organised by Barnsley Road resident Ken Buttle.

He has seen many accidents on the stretch of road outside his home where the limit is currently 40mph and had his car damaged when a driver left the road.

Mr Buttle said: “We decided to call a meeting at the Star pub in Upper Cumberworth and it was packed out.

“The main issues and concerns were regarding the danger to the community caused by reckless drivers in cars and lorries.

“The feeling was the village is seemingly split in two by the main Barnsley Road and drivers don’t seem to realise they are entering a village.

“The majority of attendees in a show of hands showed their desire for a 30mph limit enforced by permanent speed cameras.

“Parents of schoolchildren using the pedestrian crossing, reported that vehicles were ignoring the red light and not stopping. They would like more signs near to this crossing indicating ‘School Children Crossing’. “

Mr Buttle said various other methods of speed awareness including the use of cardboard police officers, which are used on European roads, were suggested.

A committee has been formed to try and steer through the plans.

Clr Jim Dodds, who also attended, promised to write to all village residents and to find out what funds could be allocated from Kirklees and Denby Dale Councils to aid with action and implementation of the various ideas put forward.

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