Here is an extract from the first documentation I can find in my struggle to help Southgate Street residents in their fight for speed restrictions and traffic calming measures. It was written five years ago, and nearly a year before I became a councillor. It was followed by many other letters, and more focused efforts after I was elected, including the presentation of a residents petition to a Cabinet meeting, speed checks and so on.
The culmination was a meeting in July 2005, after three years of pestering and waiting for a 20 mph limit extension, between St Edmundsbury Officers and the police. Here is what the outcome was. :
(Apologies for the poor quality and small print of page 1. I am happy to send individuals full copies by email.)
Since then I have tried to get an electronic sign (not appropriate in a conservation area), speed humps (not in roads with cellars) and more recently there has been some reason for encouragement with a bollard calming scheme at the bottom of the road. See my earlier posts for details.
In the meantime Southgate Street residents and I have got no further - not even SID has arrived yet - and those who comment on this blog and on my website are understandably frustrated.