Weldon road safety campaign given £40,000 boost

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Weldon Parish Council has agreed to put £40,000 towards traffic-calming measures in a notorious village road.

A campaign to tackle speeding in Stamford Road began in 2015 after an elderly man was hit by a car, just a year after a vehicle ploughed through the wall of a family home.

Cllr Rob McKellar (Con), who represents Weldon on Corby Council, said: “We absolutely applaud this investment from the parish council.

“We have been lobbying various authorities for action for the past two years following our door-to-door speed survey.

“The parish council has listened to our concerns and to the concerns of local residents.

“They have really done themselves and the village proud and we couldn’t be more thrilled with the decision.

“We are determined to also see some further investment from the highways department in April when the new financial year begins.

“We will continue to lobby hard and campaign for the further investment.”

Design plans for the traffic-calming measures are expected to be agreed once a decision has been reached around additional highways department funding.

The campaign is being backed by MP for Corby and East Northamptonshire Tom Pursglove, who wrote to the highways department and to the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport in October last year.

Weldon resident and Conservative candidate for May’s Northants County Council elections Sandra Naden-Horley said: “Northamptonshire County Council and Weldon Parish Council are completely on board with our campaign to protect Weldon residents from speeding vehicles.

“We are all working extremely hard to deliver a solution to the problem.

“There are numerous ideas being discussed and we are determined for these to be implemented before there is another serious accident or a fatality.

“We will be working tirelessly over the coming months to ensure the new measures are in place as quickly as possible.”

Recently, police have been active with speed enforcement as well as putting temporary vehicle-activated signs in place.