Concerns motorists using Norfolk town street as a rat run
18:17 12 October 2012
Concerns have been raised about speeding motorists using a Norfolk town street as a rat run to get to a new housing estate.
A resident of Mission Road in Diss, who did not wish to be named, said drivers travel along his street at speeds far exceeding the 20mph limit to get to the Persimmon Homes development in Frenze Hall Lane.
He added there were a number of elderly residents living in his road, as well as families with children and he feared for their safety, saying: “I fear it is only a matter of time before somebody is knocked down.”
The road links up with Sandy Lane and Walcot Green which lead to Frenze Hall Lane and the 120 home development and the resident said he believed motorists used the road to avoid having to wait at the Victoria Road traffic lights to turn left into Sawmills Lane, which also links up with Frenze Hall Lane.
He believed 20mph speed limit warning signs at the junction with Victoria Road were inadequate because they were positioned too high for motorists to see and said he wanted more 20mph signs to be placed further down the road or painted onto the street so drivers could see them more clearly.
The resident was also concerned about ivy growing up a street light, which he said had resulted in nesting birds spreading the seeds from ivy berries to neighbouring homes, causing the species to grow in gardens.
He called on the town council to cut back the ivy.
However, town clerk Deborah Sarson said she was not aware of any complaints about the ivy and said the resident could register the street light’s number online and the complaint would then be dealt with by the relevant authority.
A county council spokesman also advised the resident to contact them about the speeding situation, so the council could then decide what appropriate action to take.