The parish council understands that speeding has been a topic of discussion on Nextdoor Cromhall.
To update residents, there is monitoring underway to collect speeding data. Thanks to the support of Ward Councillor O’Neill, recent data from the B4058 at Longstone crossroads has already confirmed that observance of the 30mph speed limit is poor and speeding is widespread. This data has been passed to Avon and Somerset Police with the request for more frequent presence. The council understands the camera van will be attending the Tortworth Road area this week.
South Gloucestershire Council is also being pressed to instigate the approved speed reduction measures on the Charfield side of the village and Ward Councillor O’Neill has requested that temporary vehicle activated signs (VAS) which are moved around South Gloucestershire are sited on Tortworth Road and Cowship Lane.
The good news is that although it has taken years to achieve, South Gloucestershire Council has confirmed that the parish council funded new village gates are on track to be installed during the week commencing 11th October.
Speeding is a problem throughout the whole of South Gloucestershire and Highway prioritise schemes where there are personal injury accidents. The council will do all it can to help the community address this problem but to avoid misunderstandings, the parish council has not legal powers to take any actions over speeding, these lie with South Gloucestershire Council or the Police. Your council will continue to lobby for action, but it is really important that South Gloucestershire has accurate hard data as this informs their decision making, they cannot act on hearsay, and this is where residents can really help. Please:
- Ensure any accidents no matter how small are reported to Safety@southglos.gov.uk.
- Email the parish council – email@example.com and Ward Councillor O’Neill – john.o’firstname.lastname@example.org with details of speeding giving times, locations and a brief outline of what happened so we can identify hot spots or recommend areas to target.
- Residents interested in forming a Speedwatch group should visit the Avon and Somerset Police Community SpeedWatch page which suggest those affected by speeding raise a community speed concern form as a first step. The link can be found at: https://www.avonandsomerset.police.uk/apply/community-speedwatch/
Any resident thinking of attending the meeting is asked to read the council website https://cromhallpc.org.uk as numbers at meetings are currently restricted while covid remans in the community. This is to ensure the council complies with its duty to keep members, staff and residents safe. If lots of residents wish to raise the same matter, please consider sending a representative to convey community views to the council. However, whilst parish council meetings must be held in public, they are not public meetings, and legal regulations mean that matters raised in public participation cannot be actioned at that meeting.