Fears over rat-running drivers in Norwich street

People in Borrowdale Drive are concerned about the speed of motorists using the road as a rat run. P

People in Borrowdale Drive are concerned about the speed of motorists using the road as a rat run. Photo: Steve Adams

Families fed up with rat-running drivers speeding down a Heartsease street got together to talk about ways to solve the problem.

Chloe Smith, Norwich North MP, had invited people to join her at a meeting with local police to tackle speeding on Borrowdale Drive.

The road is used as a cut-through between Plumstead Road and Heartsease Lane by drivers wanting to avoid the Heartsease roundabout.

While the street has been a 20mph zone since 2009, people who live nearby said drivers are not sticking to that limit and called for action.

Miss Smith, who said she had received a number of emails from people about the problem, said at Saturday's meeting: 'It's a 20mph zone, but I think residents feel that is not always respected and I have a thick file of people who have complained about it.'


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PCSO John Ilger told the people who gathered to voice their concerns that police surveys had shown a minority of drivers were speeding, with the fastest speed clocked at 32mph.

He said because the street is a 20mph zone already, it did not qualify to become a community speedwatch zone, where volunteers use speedguns to deter speeding, under current police practice.

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But he said if enough communities in Norfolk who are concerned about speeding in 20mph zones made their views known to police, it might lead to a review of that.

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