Police Cleeve Hill speed survey "in wrong place" say residents
SPEED checks carried out by police on a hilltop road near Cheltenham have been carried out in the wrong place, insist residents.
Following a fatal crash last month, villagers complained motorists were travelling too quickly along the B4632 in Cleeve Hill – a road they said was fraught with danger.
This week police said they had conducted speed checks at the site and their findings showed hardly anyone was going too fast along the route.
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They spent 12 days focusing on the hill's 50mph zone outside Cleeve Hill Nursing Home, just north of the main village, reporting the average speed of traffic was 39mph.
However, residents said, while they were grateful to police for their efforts, the research was not carried out in the correct place.
Instead, they said, officers should be aiming their speed guns at vehicles passing through the village, which has a speed limit of 40mph.
David King, who has lived on the hill for the past 25 years, said: "I'm very pleased police have been doing this work, but it sounds as if they have been doing it in the wrong place.
"The most dangerous stretch of that road is in what we refer to as the village, between the turnoff before the Rising Sun pub and Stockwell Lane, where there is a 40mph limit.
"It's very bendy and you get lots of cars pulling out of driveways and pedestrians trying to cross over.
"That is where the police should be focusing their attention.
"If they have been monitoring the 50mph area then that is not the right stretch of road."
Fellow resident Phillip Baker echoed the view, pointing out that speeding had been a problem in the village for years.
"The police seem to have missed the point," he said.
"Drivers are exceeding the 40mph limit while others may well be driving within the limit but beyond the safety limits of the road.
"In truth this area should have a 30mph limit.
"The way things are at the moment pedestrians take their live into their own hands when they cross the road." Sergeant Claire Morgan said the focus area for speed checks had been chosen after consultation with residents. "We will continue to monitor the issue and will be carrying out more speed checks on the road in the coming weeks," she said. "The safety of the community remains at the heart of all the work we do."