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Thursday October 17 2019

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Law is clear and must be upheld

Posted on September 30 2019 at 2:00:08

Your picture of one of the six identical road signs sited at the entrances to Ten Ashes Lane, Cofton Hackett, clearly shows a red circle.

To save you a couple of quid buying an up-to-date Highway Code, it simply states that: a) circles give orders; b) red circles tell you what you must not do (in this case enter the road unless you are accessing a property in the road); c) the words “must not” refer to legal requirements that have to be obeyed

In short, people who enter and leave Ten Ashes Lane without visiting a property there are: i) breaking the law; ii) voiding their insurance in the event of an accident or claim; iii) liable to prosecution.

Yet, in official traffic census during the last 24 months, we see that between 450 and 500 vehicles drive on Ten Ashes Lane illegally – every day, in a road that’s designed only to be an access for residents and isn’t safe for volumes of vehicles.

Residents like Steve Smith have tirelessly campaigned to councils, police and the local MP to request enforcement. But no one seems prepared to do anything. Of course, they blame funding shortages. Or they say, “It’s someone else’s job”.

Let’s make a prediction; someone will get hurt or worse. Then each of the agencies we entrust to maintain law and order, safety and security will blame one another.

Among the constructive suggestions (all very affordable) made by residents during the last few years are: a) install ANPR cameras and send automated penalty notices to any vehicle entering and exiting the road inside three minutes; b) make the road one-way; c) install humps; d) block one of the entrances. 

All very sane and self-funding if the law was upheld and fines levied.

One of our “services” responded that their suggested solution is to remove the “must not” signs – then they don’t have a case to answer!

I’m lost for words now. One last note: our MP in a direct message to me in February 2018, promised to meet in person and discuss this – but has not yet (19 months later) been available to do so . . .

Julian Cobbledick, Cofton Hackett


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