Concerned residents of Fenton are campaigning for the speed limit to be lowered through their village and are calling for Gainsborough area motorists to slow down.
Although a relatively quiet and sleepy little village, Fenton is on the main route of the A156 from Gainsborough to Lincoln.
Motorists may have noticed that cars crashed into ditches are a common site at either end of the village. Now, Fenton Parish Council and local residents are calling for the speed limit to be lowered from 40 miles per hour to 30 miles per hour and for motorists from around the area to take more care for the safety of the children and pensioners of the village.
“You take your life in your own hands when you cross that road,” said resident Tony Lonmgate, 73. “I’ve seen no end of sports cars and motorbikes racing through here.”
“We need to deal with the perception of speed.”
Chairman of the parish council Tracy Flinders said: “Every child in the village who gets on the school bus needs to cross this road, and I just think that people go too fast. Someone could be seriously hurt.”
Lincolnshire county councillor for Gainsborough Rural South, Stuart Kinch, agreed: “Drivers are often speeding from Torksey through here, so putting up a new sign in an accident blackspot shouldn’t be that difficult or expensive.especially as Lincolnshire has one of the highest road accident rates in the UK.”
Paul Coathup, assistant director of highways for Lincolnshire County Council, responded: “We recently carried out a review of speed limits on all A and B roads that showed that the existing limit on this stretch of carriageway was appropriate.”
“However, we will continue to review it. There is not a history of speed related collisions at this site but I understand the concerns of residents and have arranged for a seven day speed survey in the near future.”