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Rob Pepper wants crackdown on speeding in Dilhorne

By Cheadle Post and Times  |  Posted: July 02, 2014

By Abbey Buxton

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A villager is pleading for more to be done to crack down on speeding across the Staffordshire Moorlands.

In response to a recent article in the Post & Times about speeding issues in Cheadle, Rob Pepper, of Dilhorne, claims that the rural villages are the hardest hit.

Police have responded by saying speeding is an issue on "many different roads".

Mr Pepper said: "When councillors and police talk about hot-spots in Cheadle, remember the A522 Leek Road is an A-road and the Ashbourne Road is a B-road, while most of the roads where speeding happens are country lanes and unclassified.

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"Throughout the Moorlands speeding is an issue and drivers will continue to break the law knowing they can get away with it.

"Resources are wafer thin for the Moorlands police and that also applies to the safety camera vans. I have been asking and waiting for 18 months for police support with cameras in Dilhorne, which is plagued by speeding motorists.

"The roads through Dilhorne are now a designated route, meaning that the camera van does make occasional visits.

"Community Speedwatch has little impact. It is little more than a slap on the wrist.

"Please do not think that '20 is plenty' schemes, 30mph stickers for wheelie bins or Speed Indication Devices offer a solution.

"They don't and are a waste of taxpayers' money.

"Many drivers stopped on Community Speedwatch are not even aware of a 30mph limit through Dilhorne.

"I urge all interested parties to take action, before we have another case like Wetley Rocks."

Mr Pepper is also concerned that the problem will be further amplified when work starts to build 10 new houses on the former Moss Feeds site in Dilhorne, a scheme recently approved by the district council.

Cheadle neighbourhood policing team officer PC Dave Stubbs said that he and Cheadle police sergeant Glyn Parker have fought for some time for the camera van to be deployed in Dilhorne, but that the results have not been as bad as in other places and therefore they have had to prioritise deployments.

He added: "I am aware that speeding is an issue all over the Moorlands and on many different roads.

"Tean Road and Freehay areas are also a concern, but Leek Road is the area we are getting most complaints about and it is also an accident hot-spot, so it is easy to force the case for the camera van as it is backed up by statistics, and both places where the camera van has been deployed on Leek Road and Ashbourne Road are heavily built up areas in 30mph zones.

"In relation to Dilhorne we have deployed the speed camera van on a number of occasions recently, with the last time being on 24th June.

"On the last four occasions the van was deployed this year, 19 motorists were caught speeding. In the same period 121 motorists were caught speeding on the Leek Road in the heavily populated 30mph area just as you come out of Cheadle town centre".

"Yes, Mr Pepper is right in that we do have limited resources, which is why we do have to prioritise our deployments and utilise our time as best we can.

"I can say that Community Speedwatch and things like the bin stickers and 20 is plenty are not a waste of money and most people I have spoken to like the idea of them. Any scheme that helps highlight the problem of speeding and discourages speeding has to be a good thing."

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