Speed remains a concern for Seahouses residents

The entrance to Seahouses from the south, on King Street.
The entrance to Seahouses from the south, on King Street.

Residents of Seahouses have expressed their dismay after their parish council opted not to install flashing speed signs at the entrances to the village.

At Monday night’s meeting of North Sunderland Parish Council, one resident said: “What are you going to do about traffic calming?

“Are you going to wait for someone to be killed?”

Chairman Coun Geoffrey Stewart explained that no funding was available from the county council and the scheme would cost the parish the best part of £10,000 – almost its entire precept.

The resident added that quite a lot of people had said that they would sign a petition if that would help the parish council to persuade the county council.

However, Coun Sylvia Hillan said: “It wouldn’t stop the speeding, only speed cameras would.”

The parish council also received a letter from the police, expressing disappointment that the speed signs were not going ahead.

The letter added that the police carries out speed checks when possible.

However, it was pointed out that this did not happen often enough with police carrying out checks and issuing fines being the best deterrent.

Residents at the meeting asked how Chathill had managed to install two flashing signs if it was not affordable for Seahouses. It was explained that as part of Ellingham parish, funding was provided through the community benefit fund from the Middlemoor windfarm, which had paid for the cameras.

Coun Malcolm Cresswell said: “If you sit and watch at Chathill, everyone touches their brakes when they see the signs, so it must be a deterrent.” He added that if two signs were too expensive, why not get one for the King Street end of the village?