This is driving me round the bend!
Resident calls for new measures to get drivers to slow down on rural road
Residents have called for a speed limit to be cut on a busy rural road following three reported crashes in a week.
Motorists have frequently got into trouble after going too fast on the bend in Ashford Road close to the Bromley Green crossroads between Shadoxhurst and Hamstreet.
Sally Thomson-Cunningham, who moved into her home which overlooks the stretch of road a year ago, has logged all the accidents which have happened since.
Incidents have included cars effectively destroying a border hedge, flipping over, spinning in the road, and crashing just yards away from speed signs warning traffic to slow down.
Now Mrs Thomson-Cunningham has launched a petition calling on KCC Highways to take action.
She said: “Since I’ve been here there have been five or six quite serious crashes.
“You always see bits of hedge and fence missing where other drivers have crashed, then driven away.
“Each time it costs about £1,000 to repair the fence and hedge, it’s very stressful. I don’t want anyone to get seriously hurt, it would be absolutely tragic if someone was killed. It has become a real nightmare.”
Mrs Thomson-Cunningham has spoken with Shadoxhurst Parish Council and with her Kent County councillor Mike Angell about getting the speed limit changed and action taken to get motorists to slow down.
Her online petition has been backed by hundreds of others, and sets out five key points about safety along the road.
But KCC Highways says it has to make “tough decisions” about where to improve road safety in each area.
A spokesman said: “We look at the sites most in need of improvement first, which have got the support of the whole community.
“We are happy to consider all requests as long as residents go through the steps outlined on our website.”
KCC says it carries outs safety awareness campaigns and can put in engineering measures if needed. It analyses crash data supplied by police to identify any accident trends.
To find out more about road traffic and road safety issues, visit www.kent.gov.uk/highways. For more about the petition or to sign it visit tinyurl. com/yawd3mxf
Sally Thomson-Cunningham has launched a petition calling for the speed limit to be reduced to 40mph past her home near Bromley Green, Ashford, after a spate of crashes