A NORTH Northumberland community has taken action to deal with cars driving excessively fast past their homes, with the help of their neighbourhood police officer.
Warning signs are now being installed to inform drivers that children may be playing and to slow down after the residents of Dunstan raised concerns with the Neighbourhood Beat Manager for the coastal area, PC Roxy Bird, regarding the speed that some vehicles were driving on the road which leads towards the beach, Embleton golf course and Dunstanburgh Castle.
Most residents on this quiet access road have small children who like to play around the front of their addresses.
Over the years, the area has seen an increase in vehicles using the access road as the Northumbrian coastline increases in popularity.
The residents noticed a substantial increase in the amount of vehicles using the minor road, which has no speed restriction, which peaks in the summer months before returning to low-level use in the winter.
PC Bird applied for funding through the Local Multi Agency Problem Solving (LMAPS) group and, in particular, sought funding from Community Safety for signs.
Monica Cornall, a resident and mother of young children, said: “Due to our beach being so popular, there has been an huge increase in vehicles using the access road outside the front of our properties.
“We have witnessed the speed first-hand at which vehicles drive down the access road and if something isn’t done to reduce the speeding, a local child will get seriously hurt, or worse, killed by a car.”
She added: “We appealed to Roxy, our local police officer, and we are thankful for all the inquires she has done and thank Community Safety for the funding for the signs which are now up.
“We hope drivers will slow down and drive appropriately through our residential community.”