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Slow down. Road safety campaigners put up banners and signs in North Walsham

PUBLISHED: 12:03 27 September 2017 | UPDATED: 12:03 27 September 2017

Campaigners for a 20mph speed limit in Aylsham Road, North Walsham. Picture: David Bale

Campaigners for a 20mph speed limit in Aylsham Road, North Walsham. Picture: David Bale

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Road safety campaigners were out in force in North Walsham calling for safety improvements including a 20mph speed limit.

Campaigner for road safety improvements in North Walsham, Berni Marfleet. Pictures: David Bale Campaigner for road safety improvements in North Walsham, Berni Marfleet. Pictures: David Bale

A campaign to promote action was launched with residents on Wednesday, September 27, at the junction of Aylsham and Station Roads.

About 30 people attended to press for safety improvements on Aylsham and Skeyton new roads, and campaigner Berni Marfleet said: “Aylsham Road is used by children and pedestrians but there’s no footpath and it’s a very narrow road. It’s used a lot by heavy lorries.

“The key thing is to keep traffic speeds down. There’s a whole batch of evidence to say how dangerous it is.”

The campaign is supported by the town council, SNAP (Safer Neighbourhood Action Partnership) and businesses, in particular transport companies, as well as the national body, Living Streets.

Campaigner Bob Carter, from nearby Felmingham, said: “It’s a narrow, residential street and an immense number of heavy goods vehicles use it. It can be nerve-racking on a bike, so I can only imagine what it’s like for parents pushing buggies.”

Fellow campaigner Rita Keable wants a 20mph speed limit for a start.

She said: “My kitchen fronts onto Aylsham Road, and watching the children walking to school is frightening. If you could put a footpath down the road, it would be a real asset to the community.”

The campaign comes after North Norfolk District Council refused planning applications for housing on farmland to the west of the town, which had raised serious traffic and road safety concerns and objections.

A meeting of councillors and police will be held in October with Norfolk County Council highways officers to discuss traffic calming in the area.

Living Streets spokesman John Peacock said: “We fully support efforts to seek a solution to the many serious traffic and road safety concerns highlighted by Mr Marfleet and campaigners, and we commend them for their thorough and exhaustive work in exposing the very real dangers to vulnerable road users in this area.

“We would now urge the police and councillors to take these issues on board and bring about a speedy solution to the concerns of the community.”

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