There seems to have been a request for a reduction in the speed limit in Broadwindsor Village for as long as most villagers can remember. Some of us are fairly new to the village and adore its beautiful location, fantastic sense of community and a fair share of history. We have been welcomed with open arms and wouldn't consider living any where else.
The traffic has always been a bit of a problem however, exacerbated by the lack of pavements. Believe me, it's not easy trying to keep hold of 2 extremely lively boys walking (or shall I say hopping, skipping and general jumping!) on their way to school each day whilst HGVs, people late for work, tractors, people driving with a mobile phone in their shoulder, boy racers to name but a few, all whizz past at what seems an alarming rate of knots!
Some have even been kind enough to gesture to me that I'm in their way........
Myself and other mums in the village have resorted to using the park as a means of avoiding the traffic, only to be met with a car park , a strong gate and several steps back onto the road again - not easy with a pushchair and a toddler. Even on the approach to the school, white vans hurtle past at great speed, not recognising the fear in parents' eyes and seemingly oblivious to the children as young as 4 as they skip to the 'sweetie shop'.
The Parish council was approached and asked what could be done.
They said it was a very long standing issue and that the County Council had agreed in principle to the reduction in the limit but that they couldn't fund it. The Parish Council apparently stated that they would pay for small measures to be put in place to which the County Council refused.
I then wrote to Oliver Letwin to arrange a meeting with himself and other people from the village and Rebecca Knox, County Councillor for the Beaminster Division. Everyone agreed - and was supported by the Parish Plan - that a 20 mph limit should encompass the whole of the village.
Rebecca Knox spoke to the Highways Authority, in particular Andrew J Brown, Matthew D Piles and Richard Stubbs and their response was unsatisfactory to say the least.
In response to being advised that the Parish Council and the villagers could fund any possible scheme, Andrew Brown stated that they do not accept monies to move schemes up the list.
He also stated that there is no casualty record in Broadwindsor and there is no evidence of excessive speeding.
I for one feel that the ' we can't do anything without casualties' argument is inhumane and backward and there is certainly massive evidenced concern about speeding in the village.
So I have started this campaign to see if we can speed up this epic tale of apathy and disregard to human life. We need to show those who we pay to serve us that we are the ones they should listen to, and not the other way round and let us believe that they posess an ounce of common sense.
Please complete the petition, buy a sticker from me at The Lodge, write down each speeding car you see, list every near miss in the Incident Notebook at the top of this page, complain to Andrew J Brown or the Chief Executive of DCC Debbie Ward who'd be delighted to respond to you - but please support us in any way you can!