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Mum's anger at road report finding after speeding fears dismissed
A POOLE mum who led a campaign for traffic calming has been left disappointed and frustrated by a council report which found speeding was not an issue on her street.
Hannah Lammiman gathered more than 50 signatures on a petition calling for action on Salterns Road, Lower Parkstone after her family cat Frank was mown down.
Operation Frank as it was known gained the support of her neighbours this summer – who told the Echo cars often reached speeds 40 or 50mph and spoke of their fears for children heading to Baden Powell school. Their suggestions including speed bumps or temporary speed cameras.
The concerns prompted the council to monitor traffic on the one-way street, but its subsequent report found that, over a two week period of 24 hour monitoring, the average speed was 26mph. It concludes: “It is not possible to justify funding any traffic calming measures in Salterns Road at present.”
The only action it recommends is forwarding the residents’ concerns to police and Dorset Road Safe, and some minor maintenance work to signage and road markings.
Hannah told the Echo she felt the vehicle monitoring boxes had been installed in the wrong place. They were close to the junction with Tennyson Road where she says traffic naturally slows – rather than the north end near the junction with Commercial Road where she maintains speeding is a problem.
“It really is horrendous the speed they come into the road,” she added.
“I’m really disappointed by this report. But I won’t give up.”
The report will come before Borough of Poole’s transport advisory group on Thursday, December 20. Hannah told the Echo she will attend and ask for the monitoring boxes to be reinstalled in a different position.