Residents petitioning for 30mph limit on 'dangerous' stretch of A352

Residents petitioning for 30mph limit on 'dangerous' stretch of A352

CAMPAIGN: Gill Reese by the road where residents would like to see a 30mph limit

CONCERN: Mark Simons, Gill Reese, Anne Moderski and David Doyle meet MP Oliver Letwin

First published in News Dorset Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Chief Reporter

ACTION is ‘urgently needed’ before someone is killed speeding along a ‘dangerous’ stretch of road, residents are warning.

People living in Forston near Charminster are petitioning for a 30mph limit following a series of accidents on the A352.

The current limit is 60mph, but they say this is ‘perverse’ given the narrow, zig-zagging nature of the road and its lack of verges.

Gill Reese, who started the petition, says it is impossible for residents to walk between each other’s houses or to the post box.

She said that she has had to drive to her neighbour’s houses to gather signatures for the petition, rather than risk being hit by a car.

Three residents, the chairman of Charminster Parish Council and another parish councillor have met with West Dorset MP Oliver Letwin to discuss what can be done.

Mrs Reese said: “It’s a zig-zag road with lots of blind bends in it.

“People are using it as a race track. Just up the road, two residents are continually having motorists going off the road and ending up on their properties.

“Thankfully nobody has been hurt yet.

“But they are travelling at a dangerous speed.

“It is just a matter of time before someone is killed or seriously injured.”

She added: “There’s no way residents in Forston can walk to each other’s houses or to the post box.

“We are between Godmanstone and Charminster, which does have a speed limit.

“And this particular stretch of road is much narrower.”

She said that drivers are failing to employ ‘common sense’ when using the road and go right up to the speed limit despite the obvious dangers.

She added that it’s a ‘no-go area’ for horse riders and dangerous for people who want to commute to work by bike.

Local residents are asked to attend the next Parish Council meeting on March 4 to air their views.

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8:24am Fri 21 Feb 14

rogace says...

totally agree - and its mostly locals who use these roads like this and i see it all the time -rush rush rush hurry hurry hurry - just slow down and stop being so cocky that you think you know the road and there will be nothing around the next corner when you are flying along at 60mph -
totally agree - and its mostly locals who use these roads like this and i see it all the time -rush rush rush hurry hurry hurry - just slow down and stop being so cocky that you think you know the road and there will be nothing around the next corner when you are flying along at 60mph - rogace
  • Score: 6

3:36pm Fri 21 Feb 14

February1948 says...

I live in the Cerne Valley and, because I know the road and use it twice a day, I drive with extreme care, particularly at the site in question, usually to have an idiot racing up behind flashing his lights (it's always a "he"). The part of the road causing greatest concern has seen several accidents recently and seems to have an adverse camber on the left, resulting in speeding cars losing control and ending up almost in the lake which is in the garden of the adjoining property. It seems to have got gradually worse in the past couple of years for some reason but whatever action is taken, it won't stop these people speeding because they couldn't care less about walkers, cyclists or horse riders.
I live in the Cerne Valley and, because I know the road and use it twice a day, I drive with extreme care, particularly at the site in question, usually to have an idiot racing up behind flashing his lights (it's always a "he"). The part of the road causing greatest concern has seen several accidents recently and seems to have an adverse camber on the left, resulting in speeding cars losing control and ending up almost in the lake which is in the garden of the adjoining property. It seems to have got gradually worse in the past couple of years for some reason but whatever action is taken, it won't stop these people speeding because they couldn't care less about walkers, cyclists or horse riders. February1948
  • Score: 3

3:40pm Fri 21 Feb 14

angrydorseter says...

"it is impossible for residents to walk between each other’s houses or to the post box"

But perfectly safe for them to pose for a picture?
"it is impossible for residents to walk between each other’s houses or to the post box" But perfectly safe for them to pose for a picture? angrydorseter
  • Score: 2

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