16th Nov, 2019

Worried residents call for traffic calming measures to protect Solihull wildlife

Felix Nobes 12th Jul, 2019 Updated: 12th Jul, 2019

A WORRIED Solihull resident has called for traffic calming measures to protect wildlife after witnessing a deer get hit by a car.

Tina Clarke has called on Solihull Council to act to control traffic around Damson Parkway, Lugtrout Lane and Rowood Drive in the Elmdon area.

The online petition on Change.org has reached nearly 450 signatures in just over 24 hours.

Ms Clarke says the neighbourhood has been concerned about speeding drivers for some time – and is worried about accidents.

The petition states: “Solihull is surrounded by beautiful country side which is home to some amazing wildlife.

“But as the local cut-through roads become increasingly used as racetracks, our domesticated animals and wildlife are suffering!

“It infuriates me that, whilst out riding my horse, some motorists speed pass blatantly not caring about the safety of myself or my horse.

“Today I witnessed a deer get struck by a car which did slow down but then decided to drive off!

“Luckily with the help of some wonderful passers by, we saved the poor deer and were able to release it later that evening after it spent the day recovering at a local vets.

“This could have easily been someone‚Äôs beloved cat, dog or even a child!

“I am starting this petition in the hope that something can be done to help slow the traffic down.

“I see posts daily regarding the issues we all have with our neighbourhood being used as a racetrack.”

Lindsey Young added: “Could speed cameras not been operated in this area? Even speed humps?”

Debra Brendon said: “We infringe more and more on the country side with no thought to the wildlife in residence.

“Surely these roads could have some serious speed bumps put in them to stop them becoming race tracks!”

Shirley resident Dorothy Hasty said: “I live in Shirley and own horses I keep near Earlswood.

“The traffic is awful and getting worse with all the housing estates being built in the area.

“I have had many near misses when hacking out by inconsiderate drivers who drive past me too close and fast.”

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