Estate’s speedster crackdown appeal

Residents are concerned that motorists are not obeying the 20mph speed limit on Langdale Road.

Residents are concerned that motorists are not obeying the 20mph speed limit on Langdale Road.

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RESIDENTS are calling for a crackdown on speedsters on their estate.

Despite a 20mph limit being imposed across Mereside, some motorists are still accelerating through residential streets.

A meeting of the Clifton PACT (police and community together), which covers Mereside, heard speeding was a problem on Langdale Road and Branstree Road, with claims some drivers were reaching speeds of 50mph.

Now police have pledged to look at the issue and take action where necessary.

Coun Adrian Hutton told the meeting he had received complaints from residents.

He said: “The speed humps on Langdale Road don’t slow many people down.

“People are reaching 50mph even over the humps and there are people riding motorcycles around the estate and making a lot of noise.

“Some are residents, but they would be among the first to complain if a child was injured, or killed.”

Community beat manager PC Mark Stringfellow said the neighbourhood policing team would look at the complaints which had been raised.

He said: “We will liaise with our road policing team to see what can be done, and carry out some education work.

“In the past we have worked with school pupils using hand held speed detection devices.

“This creates a very powerful message when motorists are stopped and children themselves ask why they are speeding and putting them in danger.”

The meeting also heard other anti-social behaviour issues on the estate included one incident of a fire on Bowness Avenue, near the new BMX track.

But PC Stringfellow said a meeting with the fire brigade had revealed there had been a reduction in the number of small, nuisance fires and minor rubbish fires on the estate.

Residents were also urged to take part in the three-month consultation into the closure of some police stations and front counters on the Fylde coast as part of police cutbacks.