Urgent need to introduce traffic calming measures in Quintrell Village to protect lives.

Urgent need to introduce traffic calming measures in Quintrell Village to protect lives.

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Angela Datlen started this petition to Cornwall Council - Roads, transport and parking

The pedestrians and cyclists in Quintrell Downs Village are taking their lives in their hands each and every time they navigate one of the four major Quintrell Downs Village roads: South Way A3058, North Way A3058, East Road A392 and West Road A392 and collectively, with support from surrounding communities, we ask Cornwall Council to implement traffic calming measures and safe pedestrian crossings URGENTLY throughout the village. 

Speed in restricted areas is dangerous and a threat to human life. Over the years so many pets have been killed on the roads that residents are frightened to let their pets out. What’s most terrifying, is that soon the inevitable will happen and there will be loss of human life. Residents and our local community are no longer prepared to accept this risk and something needs to be done urgently to mitigate it. We have been promised time and time again by our local Councillor/ MP/ Cornwall Council that funding will be sourced and action will be taken but it has not been forthcoming. 

The faster a car is travelling, the worse the accident. At 35mph you are twice as likely to kill someone as you are at 30mph. Traffic calming discourage the use of streets as short cuts and traffic levels. Quintrell residents witness the majority of vehicles exceeding the 30mph speed limit every day - there is nothing in place to deter them- no cameras, poor signage, no police presence. 

The Quintrell Downs Village has seen rapid housing development in recent years, introducing many families with children to the area, the safety of these children is not secured as NO pedestrian crossings have been implemented on the main roads to take into account the increasing population many of which are young children. 

Speeding traffic, including large HGV weighing tonnes, tear through the Quintrell Downs Village on a daily basis. The pavements are narrow on South Way A3058 and are overgrown with bushes and nettles meaning pedestrians are dangerously close to speeding traffic. Picture a parent with a young child, gripping their child’s hand so tight in fear that they might fall into the road or escape their grip - at the speed cars, HGVs and buses travel they would not stand a chance. 

As part of the Nansledan development strategy, Cornwall Council should have finished the Newquay Strategic Route as of November 2019. The road should have diverted traffic away from Quintrell Downs Village but this has not happened. 

Residents struggle to pull onto the main roads from side roads because of the speed of traffic. An example is traffic coming from the roundabout heading along South Way A3058, drivers see this as a fast road leading to an open road at National Speed Limit. This is not the case! And this area is densely populated with young children, pets and elderly residents.

Another example of a dangerous situation is the lethal combination of speeding traffic, the absence of an adequate pavement and the lack of pedestrian crossings near the railway line which leads to a major children’s play area (The Recreational Park) and the local allotments -again it means that pedestrians and cyclists are taking their lives into their hands. 

The local community and residents have tried tirelessly to call for action with the local Councillor, MP, police and Cornwall Council but nothing gets done. This is why we are now joining forces to push for action and to make our Quintrell Downs Village roads safe before someone is KILLED! 

We will not be silenced and we will not rest until our Quintrell Downs Village is made safe for pedestrians and cyclists. 

We want safe pedestrian crossings, speed cameras, sign enhancements and any other suitable traffic calming measures to be implemented on all four of the Quintrell Downs Village major roads: South Way A3058, North Way A3058, East Road A392 and West Road A392. 

 

 

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