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Ashton campaigners take to the streets with safety drive
Thursday 3rd January 2019 @ 11:49 by Tom Greggan
Ashton News Tameside

Ashton residents living in the Taunton Road and Knowle Avenue areas have been braving the bitter cold to highlight the problem of dangerous driving on their streets.

More than a dozen people gathered along both residential streets during two rush hour periods, to remind commuters of the 20mph speed limit.

Despite the bitter cold, they were out from 7.30am and repeated the exercise in the afternoon to ensure that every commuter got the message.

The event was organised by Lee Huntbach, Tameside Green Party candidate for Ashton Waterloo, after he asked residents for their concerns.

“Residents are frustrated at the lack of effective speed controls along both roads”, said Lee.

“The sign at one end of Knowle Avenue can’t be seen after it was damaged by a vehicle crashing into it and the speed bumps simply don’t work.”

Residents complained that, “Knowle Avenue is like a drag strip” and that some motorists “…use Taunton Road speed bumps as a launch pad”.

Local drivers and pedestrians welcomed the friendly protest and stopped to praise the campaigners and their inventive use of mocked up road signs.

“The residents and volunteers were delighted with the response from passing motorists who waved, beeped their horns and shouted encouragement as they passed,” Lee said.

“One or two even parked up to come and speak to us and offer their thanks and support.”

Lee added that the speeding problem was not simply restricted to the two roads alone.

He added that he had recently been chatting to an elderly resident on Wordsworth Crescent when a car raced around several times until it almost lost control.

Lee immediately reported the incident to the police.