Speed limit plea rejected
Safety campaigners have failed to get a reduced speed limit on a “dangerous” road.
However the council will look into putting up signs in a bid to slow down drivers on the B725 Kelton Bank to Glencaple route.
John and Rona Carson started a petition earlier this year in a bid to reduce the limit from 60mph to 40mph.
They say the bend outside their home is hazardous and they also raised concerns about flooding and overgrown hedges.
The petition attracted 173 signatures but it failed to sway the authority on the question of the speed limit.
At Wednesday’s Nithsdale area committee, the team leader for strategy and road safety, Tony Topping, said: “A temporary traffic counter was in place in August which found a mean speed of vehicles in both directions was 38mph. Eighty five per cent of traffic is travelling at 45mph or less.
“We are dealing with the land owner to tackle flooding and to cut hedges to make existing signs more visible.”
Rona and John Carson He also added a study showed “limited instances” of accidents and officers were complying with national guidelines on speed limits.
Mr Carson said: “It’s a very dangerous bend and people are frightened of it. The council can’t change the way people feel about the road.
“I’m quite encouraged by the fact nearly all the councillors recognised it was quite a dangerous road to drive on. They’re putting signs up but there are already signs and on the road but they’re covered most of the time.”