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Wisbech Town Council ask residents' views on speed calming scheme

People living along a busy residential road in Wisbech are being asked their views on plans for a traffic calming scheme to cut speed.

Wisbech Town Council has written to people living in the area around Tinkers Drove to ask what they think of plans which would see the installation of speed cushions along with warning signs and better street lighting.

In the letter the council explains it has submitted an application to Cambridgeshire County Council for a Local Highway Improvement (LHI) scheme for Tinkers Drove.

Wisbech Town Council is looking at putting speed humps along Tinkers Drove. (44492114)
Wisbech Town Council is looking at putting speed humps along Tinkers Drove. (44492114)

It explains that community groups like the town council can make a LHI application for a scheme it considers will improve highway safety for residents.

Normally the applicant would be expected to contribute at least 10 per cent towards the overall cost, with the remainder paid for by the county council.

The letter says normally the community group’s contribution would be around £1,000.

However, the scheme proposed for Tinkers Drove will cost the town council around £15,000.

The council explains the higher cost is because of the need to provide additional street lighting to ensure the speed cushions would be visible to motorists at all times.

It adds: “It is often the case that when schemes such as this are proposed, there is a mixed feeling amongst people living nearby as to whether they are supportive of the proposed scheme.

“Before making a decision as to whether to continue with the application, Wisbech Town councillors, being mindful of the high cost to the town council if the application were to be approved by the county council, felt it would useful to ask the people live on Tinkers Drove and in the immediate surroundings whether or not they would wish to see such a scheme installed.”

People can have their say by contacting the council on 01945 461333 or by emailing info@wisbechtowncounil.gov.uk

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