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Ellastone villagers tackle speeding problem with fake policeman

By Uttoxeter Advertiser  |  Posted: August 13, 2014

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FRUSTRATED villagers have come up with a novel idea to try and deter the passing motorists from speeding.

The road through Ellastone is currently 40mph, but the parish council believes that is still too fast for a small village, and they have been campaigning to see the speed limit reduced to 30mph.

And now, frustrated with the lack of results, an anonymous villager has taken matters into their own hands and created a fake policeman in an attempt to make motorists slow down.

Rob Watkin, chairman of the parish council, said: “People in Ellastone are always complaining about the speed of traffic through the village and the general feeling is that the limit should be reduced from 40 to 30 mph.

“Ellastone Parish Council have spoken to the Staffordshire County Council about this a number of times but to no avail.

“They seem to think that the 40mph limit is fine and don’t seem to want to do anything about it.”

Councillor Watkin said he had no idea who made the policeman, but he hoped it would help slow down traffic entering the village from the Uttoxeter direction.

He said: “I think this shows the strength of feeling in the village about this issue.”

A villager, who did not want to be named, said: “The village has two major road hazards – a sharp, blind bend just after the Duncombe Arms pub and a very narrow bridge over the Tit brook, with poor visibility on both approaches.

“The bridge wall has been knocked down so many times it’s ridiculous, and any walkers wanting to cross the road take their lives in their hands every time, as there just isn’t anywhere safe to do so.”

Residents are calling on Uttoxeter MP Andrew Griffiths to support their fight against speeding.

They said they would also like to see visible warning lines painted on the road to alert drivers that they are approaching a village in a bid to slow them down.

Mr Griffiths agreed there was an issue with speeding motorists in the village and has now stepped up his game by working with the two authorities in a bid for something to be done before someone else gets seriously hurt.

He told The Advertiser: “I have been working with the parish council and residents in Ellastone to get something done about speeding for some time.

“I have been badgering Staffordshire County Council to do something to reduce speed thorough Ellastone because I am convinced it is only a matter of time before a serious accident occurs.

“Both the parish council and I agree that something has to be done about this situation before it is too late and more people are hurt.”

Additional plans the parish council would like to see adopted include installing a priority system for the bridge, derestriction signs to be moved further out of the village towards Ashbourne, and extra warning signs in Marlpit Lane and Back Lane.

This would be designed to alert drivers that they are single track roads which have no places for passing.

According to statistics released on www.crashmap.co.uk there have been 22 crashes in the Ellastone area in the last 10 years.

This includes five fatalities while motorists have been using the dangerous roads and now villagers are saying something needs to be done to stop this happening to anyone else travelling through the village.

In 2009 a biker lost his life after the motorbike he was riding was in collision with a Toyota car while in Main Road.

Back in 2011 two people were left with serious injures and needing hospital treatment when their car plunged 15ft from the bridge while they were travelling through the village.

The vehicle ended up in the brook below with the passengers still inside.

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