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Call for speed signs to be moved next to beauty spot entrance

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: May 16, 2014

Frank Bradbury is pictured next to the 50mph speed limit signs which are situated next to the entrance of the busy Manifold Track. Now Waterhouses Parish Council is asking for the signs to be moved further up the road away from the entrance

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A PARISH council has called for speed signs next to the entrance of a busy Moorlands beauty spot to be moved.

Presently just before the main entrance to the Manifold Track, which sits on the main A523 Leek to Ashbourne Road in Waterhouses, 50 mph signs give drivers notice that the speed limit changes as they leave the village.

The Manifold Track site attracts thousands of walkers and cyclists to the area each year, many of whom cross the busy road from a nearby car park.

Presently a 30mph limit runs right through the Waterhouses community from the Leek side to leaving the village on the Ashbourne side.

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However it is felt that when drivers see the 50 mph sign as they leave the village on the Ashbourne side, it encourages them to increase their speed.

Frank Bradbury, who runs a 90 acre farm at nearby Calton, said it was nonsense to have a 50mph sign and speed limit just before a busy crossing.

He said: "I brought this matter to the attention of the parish council a few years ago. The 50mph signs are erected just before the entrance to the Manifold Track and they encourage drivers to increase speed when they see them. It is complete nonsense to have a 50mph limit where families and cyclists cross over to the track.

"The traffic has increased over the years and I feel the signs are just their to enable lorries have a run at the bank."

Now Waterhouses Parish Council has contacted the county council and their county councillor Gill Heath to look at moving the signs further up the bank heading out of the village, so that drivers are not encouraged to increase their speed when approaching the entrance to the Manifold Track.

Parish councillor and also district councillor for the Hamps Valley ward, Edwin Wain, said: "Now we are waiting for a reply from the county council on the proposals."

County councillor for Leek Rural, Gill Heath, told the Post & Times she was looking into the matter after receiving correspondence from the parish council.

She said: "They have got a good point and the signs could go a little further up the road.

"I have presently got many priority issues in my ward, but I will be discussing this with highway officers."

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