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17th Oct, 2021

Call for average speed cameras after several near misses on Elmdon Road

Sarah Mason 12th Oct, 2021

CARS speeding and motorists losing control have lead to calls for average speed cameras to be installed in Elmdon Heath.

Following an accident on Rowood Drive on October 8 where a car ploughed into a home Solihull Liberal Democrat leader, Councillor Laura McCarthy, has launched a petition.

She, alongside Coun Richard Long (Elmdon, Lib Dem), are calling on Solihull Council to install the speed cameras over fears of what will happen next.

The stretch of road, which has Damson Wood Infant School just off it, has seen a number of accidents over the years.

Coun McCarthy said: “At night it is treated like a race track with people speeding.

“There have been so many close calls now.

“So far everyone has escaped without injury, the other night there was a particularly bad crash into a resident’s house and a huge fire started.

“The residents were ok and CCTV footage showed those in the car escaped too.

“It is one of those areas that is notorious for speeding, it is a long and windy road, accidents happen quite often as drivers lose control.”

The petition was launched on Sunday and so far it has gained more than 160 signatures.

Coun McCarthy says she will be handing the petition to the Council at December’s full council meeting.

The Elmdon ward Councillor said: “There is a lot of resident support for this.

“The residents are so scared and concerned this could have been any one of their houses.

“It doesn’t bear thinking about if the family hadn’t have got out of the house in time.”

Another petition was handed to Solihull Council around a year and a half ago calling for traffic calming measures to be placed on the road in a bid to slow down the traffic.

This petition had around 230 signatures but was unsuccessful.

Since then the Council has discussed bringing in 20miles per hour speed limits to road across the borough.

Coun McCarthy has asked for Rowood Drive to be considered as part of this initiative.

For more visit https://www.solihull-libdems.org.uk/rowoodspeedingpetition

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