CALLS have been made for more action to slow down drivers on an accident-prone stretch of road after a traffic survey revealed the site is a speeding hotspot.
Councillors and residents in Dinas Powys want a section of Mill Road near St Peter’s Church to be considered for “proper measures” to slow down drivers.
A survey carried out last month found that, in a 45-minute period during the morning rush-hour, 68 of 166 vehicles broke the 30mph limit.
Of these, 10 were travelling above the Association of Chief Police Officers threshold guidelines for prosecution of 35mph.
Highway engineers have reported some vehicle speeds along Mill Road were “excessive”.
Cllr Keith Hatton said: “We have been assured that collision records have also been examined. Over the last five years there have been two injury-related accidents recorded in Mill Road and Pen-y-Turnpike Road.
l continued on page 2 “The first incident occurred in December 2013 and was the result a driver losing control and colliding with a number of parked cars.
“The driver of the vehicle, who was classed a ‘joyrider’ incurred slight injuries.
“The second incident occurred in May 2015, at the Millbrook Road/Pen-y-Turnpike Junction.
“The police reported that the driver of the vehicle pulling out of Millbrook Road failed to look properly. Again the collision only resulted in slight injuries being sustained.”
Cllr Val Hartrey said the community council has been promised the Vale council will pass the information to the police and has asked fore enforcement action to be taken against speeding traffic.
Town councillor Chris Franks added: “Although we are grateful that the police are being asked to take action at this location, more needs to be done.
“The council admits that the narrowings at Mill Road and Penyturnpike are not having the desired effect of controlling speed.
“It has added this location to a list of outstanding traffic management schemes, for future feasibility works and investigation when the necessary funding becomes available.”
Cllr Gwyn John, cabinet member for visible services at the Vale of Glamorgan Council, said: “This section of road has been added to the council’s highways future works programme and alternate measures to further reduce traffic speed will be considered in the future years as soon as appropriate funding becomes available.
“The enforcement of speed limits is a matter for South Wales Police and to help them in this end we have also passed on the results of the survey with a request for speed enforcement action.”