Village speed cut success

Full Sutton Approach
Full Sutton Approach

AN APPLICATION for more anti-speeding measures in Full Sutton has been given the green light by East Riding of Yorkshire Council (ERYC).

ERYC’s overview and scrutiny committee approved the application for improved direction signs at a junction in the village and high visibility signs replacing existing 30mph markers on Moor Lane and Hatkill Lane.

They have also added a request for a reactive sign near Full Sutton prison to a list of sites for consideration.

Villagers set up a petition, which gained 40 signatures, asking for improved signs and also for the speed limits on the three routes into the village reducing from 60mph to 40mph.

However, the local authority have said cutting the approach to the village to 40mph is “not considered appropriate” because there are no homes alongside the stretches of road outside Full Sutton.

Nigel Leighton, the council’s director of environmental and neighbourhood services, said in a report which went before the overview and scrutiny committee: “Full Sutton has a good safety record, with no traffic accidents occurring in the village in the previous three years.

“A 40mph buffer limit is not considered appropriate in this case as they are usually provided where there is outlying property beyond the 30mph speed limit, there is no such development on the periphery of Full Sutton.

“Direction signing will be improved by erecting flag signs to York and Stamford Bridge opposite the junction [on Hatkill Lane].

“An application for a speed reactive sign on the eastbound approach past the prison will be added to the Council’s list of sites for consideration.”

Mr Leighton also said that speed surveys in the village had shown the 30mph speed limit was being broken by some drivers and police had been informed.

Richard Nightingale, chairman of Full Sutton and Skirpenbeck Parish Council, said : “The council [East Riding] are waiting while something does happen and we are trying to prevent rather than cure.

“One of the concerns is that there are no pre-warning signs or flashing signs up. They seem to work really well.

“We don’t regard the roads as dangerous but they are very busy and there is a lot of traffic.”