Campaigners' joy at 20mph zone success

Echo: Success - councillor Paul Collins and resident Peter Zanci Success - councillor Paul Collins and resident Peter Zanci

A CAMPAIGNING councillor is celebrating after he successfully introduced a 20mph zone in Westcliff.

Paul Collins, a Liberal Democrat councillor, took up the fight to make St George’s Park Avenue and Westborough Road safer for children and families.

Speed humps have now been installed at the west end of Westborough Road and 20mph signs went up on Tuesday there and in St George’s Park Avenue.

Mr Collins surveyed and sent leaflets to residents in Westborough Road and the surrounding area in April last year after the council put up notices suggesting St George’s Park Avenue would have speed bumps put on it and be made one way.

He received more than 70 replies detailing what the residents would prefer and took it to the council in May 2013, with the amendments approved in September.

Mr Collins said: “It is a significant move to make the road safer, especially for families walking their children to and from Chalkwell schools.

“It has been a battle, but I am delighted it has been won.

“People knew exactlywhat they wanted and have got it installed. The council listened to what the residents had to say.”

Alex Cranfield, of St George’s Park Avenue, said: “The general view was we did not want it to be one way, but 20mph with no speed humps.

“People would often nip up our road if they got stuck at traffic lights in Southbourne Grove or Westbourne Grove.

Hopefully that will stop now.”

Tony Cox, Southend councillor responsible for public protection, waste and transport said: “We’re always willing to listen to the local community and I’m pleased in this instance we’ve been able to work with local residents to amend the original proposals.

“We are now putting in a scheme residents are happy with and just as importantly will improve road safety in the area.”

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8:11am Fri 28 Mar 14

Richy don't shine shoes no more says...

Good work
Good work Richy don't shine shoes no more
  • Score: -1

8:52am Fri 28 Mar 14

pendulum says...

The funny thing is when a new limit is enforced, it's often the residents who campaigned for it that get caught. Excuses include "But I know this road well because I live on it", "I only wanted it to be 20mph during busy times of the day". And they soon get sick of the noise the cars make when going over the speedbumps too.

You've got to be careful what you wish for, sometimes.
The funny thing is when a new limit is enforced, it's often the residents who campaigned for it that get caught. Excuses include "But I know this road well because I live on it", "I only wanted it to be 20mph during busy times of the day". And they soon get sick of the noise the cars make when going over the speedbumps too. You've got to be careful what you wish for, sometimes. pendulum
  • Score: 17

9:37am Fri 28 Mar 14

pembury53 says...

"The council listened to what the residents had to say.”
They said..... "we did not want it to be one way, but 20mph with no speed humps"....... so the council put in speed bumps ?
"The council listened to what the residents had to say.” They said..... "we did not want it to be one way, but 20mph with no speed humps"....... so the council put in speed bumps ? pembury53
  • Score: 7

1:04pm Fri 28 Mar 14

CrippsCorner says...

I love speed bumps... I drive up to them as fast as possible and see if I can get any 'air' off them!
I love speed bumps... I drive up to them as fast as possible and see if I can get any 'air' off them! CrippsCorner
  • Score: 3

3:25pm Fri 28 Mar 14

Kim ;Gandy says...

They need to consider this idea around Rayleigh, as it's used as a race track, near me, I'm sick of the tyre screeching idiots, who gather in the Websters Way car park.
They need to consider this idea around Rayleigh, as it's used as a race track, near me, I'm sick of the tyre screeching idiots, who gather in the Websters Way car park. Kim ;Gandy
  • Score: -1

4:18pm Fri 28 Mar 14

Matt - Kent says...

Kim ;Gandy wrote:
They need to consider this idea around Rayleigh, as it's used as a race track, near me, I'm sick of the tyre screeching idiots, who gather in the Websters Way car park.
I'd rather the money was spent on repairing the roads rather than on speed bumps.
[quote][p][bold]Kim ;Gandy[/bold] wrote: They need to consider this idea around Rayleigh, as it's used as a race track, near me, I'm sick of the tyre screeching idiots, who gather in the Websters Way car park.[/p][/quote]I'd rather the money was spent on repairing the roads rather than on speed bumps. Matt - Kent
  • Score: 5

7:42pm Fri 28 Mar 14

Keptquiettillnow says...

All of the residential streets that run off the London Road or parallel with it should have speed bumps and be 20mph.
Its quite surreal that at certain times of the day its quicker for motorists to use residential streets rather than the main road.
Come on Southend Council, grow some balls, and roll this out across the borough.
All of the residential streets that run off the London Road or parallel with it should have speed bumps and be 20mph. Its quite surreal that at certain times of the day its quicker for motorists to use residential streets rather than the main road. Come on Southend Council, grow some balls, and roll this out across the borough. Keptquiettillnow
  • Score: 0

1:39am Sat 29 Mar 14

Kim Gandy says...

Kim ;Gandy wrote:
They need to consider this idea around Rayleigh, as it's used as a race track, near me, I'm sick of the tyre screeching idiots, who gather in the Websters Way car park.
Dear oh dear Cllr Cockroach. You have put in some overtime tonight.

You are obviously not earning your keep, not looking after your residents but then isn't that what you are always complaining the Tories don't do.

Nope, another posting that is not mine.
[quote][p][bold]Kim ;Gandy[/bold] wrote: They need to consider this idea around Rayleigh, as it's used as a race track, near me, I'm sick of the tyre screeching idiots, who gather in the Websters Way car park.[/p][/quote]Dear oh dear Cllr Cockroach. You have put in some overtime tonight. You are obviously not earning your keep, not looking after your residents but then isn't that what you are always complaining the Tories don't do. Nope, another posting that is not mine. Kim Gandy
  • Score: -4

1:42am Sat 29 Mar 14

Kim Gandy says...

Matt - Kent wrote:
Kim ;Gandy wrote:
They need to consider this idea around Rayleigh, as it's used as a race track, near me, I'm sick of the tyre screeching idiots, who gather in the Websters Way car park.
I'd rather the money was spent on repairing the roads rather than on speed bumps.
I did not post this.

It's some idiot posing as me. My money is on Cllr Cockroach.

He knows who he is.

He also knows I am watching his every move and he doesn't like it!
[quote][p][bold]Matt - Kent[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Kim ;Gandy[/bold] wrote: They need to consider this idea around Rayleigh, as it's used as a race track, near me, I'm sick of the tyre screeching idiots, who gather in the Websters Way car park.[/p][/quote]I'd rather the money was spent on repairing the roads rather than on speed bumps.[/p][/quote]I did not post this. It's some idiot posing as me. My money is on Cllr Cockroach. He knows who he is. He also knows I am watching his every move and he doesn't like it! Kim Gandy
  • Score: 0

9:34pm Sun 30 Mar 14

carnmountyouknowitmakessense says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
Matt - Kent wrote:
Kim ;Gandy wrote:
They need to consider this idea around Rayleigh, as it's used as a race track, near me, I'm sick of the tyre screeching idiots, who gather in the Websters Way car park.
I'd rather the money was spent on repairing the roads rather than on speed bumps.
I did not post this.

It's some idiot posing as me. My money is on Cllr Cockroach.

He knows who he is.

He also knows I am watching his every move and he doesn't like it!
You've enjoyed a multiple of user names, now it stops, you have been found out, in regards to your spiteful and racial hatred, a crime report has been made about your behaviour, on this site, with the strong suggestion, that the Echo seems to protect, not only your vile posts, but your staus, within these posts.
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Matt - Kent[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Kim ;Gandy[/bold] wrote: They need to consider this idea around Rayleigh, as it's used as a race track, near me, I'm sick of the tyre screeching idiots, who gather in the Websters Way car park.[/p][/quote]I'd rather the money was spent on repairing the roads rather than on speed bumps.[/p][/quote]I did not post this. It's some idiot posing as me. My money is on Cllr Cockroach. He knows who he is. He also knows I am watching his every move and he doesn't like it![/p][/quote]You've enjoyed a multiple of user names, now it stops, you have been found out, in regards to your spiteful and racial hatred, a crime report has been made about your behaviour, on this site, with the strong suggestion, that the Echo seems to protect, not only your vile posts, but your staus, within these posts. carnmountyouknowitmakessense
  • Score: 2

9:03am Mon 31 Mar 14

Wendy, Westcliff says...

The 20mph speed limit in these narrow residential roads makes good sense to me.

What doesn't make sense is the new speed hump a few paces west of the Westborough Road/Westbourne Grove junction. The junction is a STOP junction and any driver would be hard pressed to get above second gear in the few yards between the junction and the hump. This seems like a huge waste of money to me and I'd like to know why it was installed there and how much it cost?!
The 20mph speed limit in these narrow residential roads makes good sense to me. What doesn't make sense is the new speed hump a few paces west of the Westborough Road/Westbourne Grove junction. The junction is a STOP junction and any driver would be hard pressed to get above second gear in the few yards between the junction and the hump. This seems like a huge waste of money to me and I'd like to know why it was installed there and how much it cost?! Wendy, Westcliff
  • Score: 0

10:51am Mon 31 Mar 14

pembury53 says...

large numbers of these speed humps are already falling apart, and will need repairing, on a regular basis, spiraling the costs for the local tax payer...... the only winners here are macnicholas 'fly by night' tarmacs......
large numbers of these speed humps are already falling apart, and will need repairing, on a regular basis, spiraling the costs for the local tax payer...... the only winners here are macnicholas 'fly by night' tarmacs...... pembury53
  • Score: 0

12:07am Tue 1 Apr 14

mr_happy says...

Another 20 MPH speed limit for Westcliff. I am so glad I do not live there any more. Is t no surprise that since I moved form westcliff with all it's speed humps, I have not suffered any problems with my car's suspension. I visited westcliff for one week last year and within a couple of days, the subfame mountings broke. Where I live now. I can travel to the nice big shopping center (8 miles away) and do it in 10 minutes. I Can park for free all day and not even hit a traffic jam in rush hour. Back in Essex it used to take me up to 45 minutes to get from the center of Southend to Temple Farm.
Another 20 MPH speed limit for Westcliff. I am so glad I do not live there any more. Is t no surprise that since I moved form westcliff with all it's speed humps, I have not suffered any problems with my car's suspension. I visited westcliff for one week last year and within a couple of days, the subfame mountings broke. Where I live now. I can travel to the nice big shopping center (8 miles away) and do it in 10 minutes. I Can park for free all day and not even hit a traffic jam in rush hour. Back in Essex it used to take me up to 45 minutes to get from the center of Southend to Temple Farm. mr_happy
  • Score: 0

12:11am Tue 1 Apr 14

mr_happy says...

Wendy, Westcliff wrote:
The 20mph speed limit in these narrow residential roads makes good sense to me.

What doesn't make sense is the new speed hump a few paces west of the Westborough Road/Westbourne Grove junction. The junction is a STOP junction and any driver would be hard pressed to get above second gear in the few yards between the junction and the hump. This seems like a huge waste of money to me and I'd like to know why it was installed there and how much it cost?!
Up to £5000 each.
[quote][p][bold]Wendy, Westcliff[/bold] wrote: The 20mph speed limit in these narrow residential roads makes good sense to me. What doesn't make sense is the new speed hump a few paces west of the Westborough Road/Westbourne Grove junction. The junction is a STOP junction and any driver would be hard pressed to get above second gear in the few yards between the junction and the hump. This seems like a huge waste of money to me and I'd like to know why it was installed there and how much it cost?![/p][/quote]Up to £5000 each. mr_happy
  • Score: 0

10:16am Wed 9 Apr 14

Keptquiettillnow says...

Great news, well done to the residents.
Great news, well done to the residents. Keptquiettillnow
  • Score: 0

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