Residents at wit’s end over speeding

2014-07-02 00:00

FOR more than a year Kevin de la Mare and other residents in Celtis Road, Hilton, have tried in vain to get the uMngeni Municipality to stop motorists speeding on their road.

De la Mare and his neighbours fear their quiet road could become a danger zone. He said the speedsters “are a danger to our children and our animals, and somebody is going to be killed”.

The Celtis Road residents, fed up with reporting the problem to the uMngeni traffic department to no avail, took their complaint to the Hilton Ratepayers’ Association (HRA).

The association’s secretary, Carey Wylde-Hughes, said the residents were at their wit’s end about this issue. “Let’s not even mention the potholes and lack of street lights … This is of great concern, a child is going to be hurt badly and, universe forbid, killed! There are some very worried fathers out there and this needs serious attention,” she said.

uMngeni spokesperson Thando Mgaga confirmed that a concern was raised with the municipality’s traffic and licensing department by the Hilton Ratepayers’ Association ­regarding speeding motorists on Celtis Road.

He said that subsequently they conducted two surveys in the area and recommended the following:

• 40km/h speed signs be erected at the entrance of Celtis Road;

• At least one speed hump be constructed near or before Lemon Wood Farm due to the bend and descent on that part of the road; and

• Signs warning of pedestrians and signs signalling a bend on the road to be erected.

Mgaga said the traffic and licensing department recommended these measures due to the extreme narrowness of Celtis Road and also because of the poor visibility experienced by motorists on the bend and steep descent on the road.

“Speeds of up to 77 km/h were recorded during the survey with 60 km/h recorded as the average speed by ­motorists on the road,” he added

However, an irate De la Mare said, “The corner at the top of Celtis Road is not of concern at all; this has nothing to do with the speeding on our road.”

He added that he and members of the community had not yet seen any survey in the area despite driving the road all day.

De la Mare said the issues they are experiencing are at the bottom of Celtis Road and that he can guarantee that the speeds are much higher than 77 km/h.

“We are going to need three or four speed humps along Celtis Road [not at the top] and plenty of signage as well,” he said.

The Witness sent the residents’ urgent concerns to the municipality, which responded that if additional speed humps are requested by the residents, then a petition had to be signed by all the residents who reside in the road.

Before sending the petition, the residents will hold a meeting with the officials to clarify the correct place to put the speed hump.

In the meanwhile, drivers from lower Celtis and Sutton roads have been warned not to speed as number plates will be taken down and citizen’s arrests could be carried out in this regard.

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