Speak up on road safety needs, urges MP

NORTH Norfolk's MP is urging people to make their views known on the dangers of a busy road after discussions with the council reached stalemate.The Steps to Safety group, with the support of Norman Lamb, have been battling to make the stretch of the A148 Holt Road just outside Cromer less dangerous for the past two years.

NORTH Norfolk's MP is urging people to make their views known on the dangers of a busy road after discussions with the council reached stalemate.

The Steps to Safety group, with the support of Norman Lamb, have been battling to make the stretch of the A148 Holt Road just outside Cromer less dangerous for the past two

years.

Last month the MP and campaigners met with Norfolk County Council officials to discuss the problem but

do not feel any progress was made

on the possibility of introducing a 30mph speed limit, and building a footbridge and roundabout along the road.

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On Friday a public consultation was being launched by the county council which proposes a number of speed changes along the A148 - including a drop to 40mph between the district council offices and the Felbrigg Road turning.

But campaigners insist that is not good enough and now Mr Lamb is urging his constituents to contact the council and let them know what they want.

He said: 'It's a deeply frustrating impasse we have reached where the people at County Hall appear to have a very fixed view and local people have a very different view.

'The next stage is trying to get as many local people as possible to respond to the consultation and put pressure on the county council to listen.'

Council spokesman Phil Reilly

said that while the council believed

it had come up with the best

solution for the road, views given during the consultation, which

runs until May 5, would be taken

into account before making a

decision.

He said: 'We are eager to hear all views and will consider these in finalising our proposal on how to make this stretch of the A148 safer.'

But Brian Ridd, from Steps to Safety, said the group had so far struggled

to get across the views of homeowners.

He said the council had refused to acknowledge government guidelines which said communities with more than 20 houses should be classed as village, and that as such they should have 30mph speed limits on A-roads. He added: 'We felt, when we came out of the meeting, we had met a brick wall.'

An accident on Monday evening last week on Holt Road has spurred on the campaigners, who see it as yet more evidence of the need for a roundabout there.

Two vehicles crashed near the Felbrigg Road turning just before 5pm - although no one was injured.

Diana Meggy, Steps to Safety co-ordinator, said: 'A roundabout

would have an effective road calming effect, forcing motorists to slow down and travel at more reasonable speeds.'

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