Petition: Shut Off Priory Road from the bridge to ease traffic and stop joyriders.

For as long as I can remember, we've had problems with the back road that connects Priory Road and Oldfield Road. These problems include joyriding with mopeds and fast cars whizzing past our parked cars and screeching their tyres, lorries that get stuck as they realise they can't get under the bridge and the increasing traffic in recent years.

We need to shut off this road and make Priory Road a safer place for us to live. There comes a point where we have had enough of the screeching tyres where joy riders think the back road is a haven for messing around without a helmet and leaving their black marks on the road.

Please message me if you would be up for starting a petition for this. This is just a starting point but I need to know if people feel the same or not. It's getting really congested around here and people are abusing that road.

Thanks,

Laura

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I am sure there are lots of other roads people would like closed that you also use for your convenience!
I completely understand what you're saying. Speed bumps or a speed camera around there could also be a detterent for these activities. Possibly a better way to stop joyriding.

I would also suggest a petition for traffic calming measures and better signage to warn HGVs of the restricted height/road width under the railway bridge might get more traction with local residents and businesses than calling for an outright closure - there are no doubt many people who use the road responsibly who would not agree with calling for a closure.

To be honest I think that is a better idea. Who do you suggest I contact about this? Our local MP?

Someone who can council you for your selfishness.

Do you mean counsel? As in counselling?

Selfish? You're absolutely hilarious. Wait until the next person who joyrides around there and kills themselves. Then people will have something to say. I guess I'll wait until that day.

Inappropriate comment in my opinion. It may not be a good idea to close the road but I have sympathy for what sounds like a daily nightmare. Laura: have you considered talking to your local councillors? I think they would be a better place to start than our MP. And you mean councel not council.



Hammer said:

Someone who can council you for your selfishness.

I was about to suggest the very same, Amanda.

Laura, I'd be happy to discuss the issue with you. I'm not sure a closure is necessarily the way forward or, indeed, practical given that it would require a major level of support before the council would even look at it, but there may be other options to explore.

As for Hammer's contribution, I'd not pay it much attention.



Amanda Hunt said:

Inappropriate comment in my opinion. It may not be a good idea to close the road but I have sympathy for what sounds like a daily nightmare. Laura: have you considered talking to your local councillors? I think they would be a better place to start than our MP.



Hammer said:

Someone who can council you for your selfishness.

This topic about moped riders has been aired before. It is a well known fact that Hampton did put up with this obnoxius behaviour, from a small group of individuals for a number of years.

Disagree though Laura about closing the road. There are plenty of drivers, myself included who use the route responsibly and with consideration. Surely the answer lies with the police. They must know about this issue. Perhaps they have taken them off the road already, who's to know? I personally haven't heard the mopeds for a good few months now.

Oh yes, the police are all too well aware of the scooters. Indeed it was a major issue at the Hampton and Hampton North Police Liaison Group earlier this week. Suzette and I were in attendance.

Anti-Social Behaviour among scooter riders was promoted into the top 3 crime and disorder priorities for the next six months.

I'm not sure it would be entirely wise to go into specifics on an open forum but suffice to say the problem goes far beyond a simple 'Now then, knock it off' approach.

If you spot me legging it around Hampton do stop me and I'll fill you in

G



Mike Newson said:

This topic about moped riders has been aired before. It is a well known fact that Hampton did put up with this obnoxius behaviour, from a small group of individuals for a number of years.

Disagree though Laura about closing the road. There are plenty of drivers, myself included who use the route responsibly and with consideration. Surely the answer lies with the police. They must know about this issue. Perhaps they have taken them off the road already, who's to know? I personally haven't heard the mopeds for a good few months now.

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