A few years ago, the speed limit on this section of Prestwick Road was increased from 30mph to 40mph with no explanation and for no apparent reason. This section of road is located between two residential areas and is flanked by greenery leading onto South Oxhey playing fields. Immediately after this speed limit was implemented, it became clear that this had encouraged drivers to continue driving over 30mph as they entered Brookdene Avenue, posing a risk to fellow road users and pedestrians.
Whilst this in itself demonstrates the problems caused by the increased speed limit, we should not ignore the potential risk to the wildlife living in this area, particularly deer. Over recent months, I have been driving along this section of road in the evenings and on the majority of my journeys, I have encountered deer standing on the side of the road or crossing over.
As someone who strongly believes that we must protect our wildlife, please join me in requesting that the council review the speed limit here. Whilst it may be almost impossible to avoid knocking down one of these animals if it suddenly crossed the road right in front of an oncoming vehicle, a reduction of the speed limit to 30mph would provide road users with longer to react if faced with deer here in addition to helping to discourage speeding in the area. This would not only help to protect the animals themselves but would decrease the risk to drivers of being involved in a collision with large animals that could cause injury and at the very least damage to vehicles.
As per statistics published by the Highways Agency on 8th January 2018, as requested under the terms of the Environmental Information Regulations 2004, 496 deer were killed on UK roads from 1st April to 4th December 2017 with a total number of 1,225 animals perishing on our roads in this time, with foxes, badgers, cats and dogs making up the other animals most frequently killed on our roads (please see published statistics below).
For me, this is a shocking reminder of how frequently animals
are killed on our roads, with the actual total likely to be even
greater. If we could reduce the risk to these animals on this
section of road, we would be helping to protect animals and road
users. I therefore kindly ask you to join me in asking the council
to consider lowering the speed limit on the discussed stretch of
Prestwick Road from 40mph to 30mph, as it previously was, and to
consider informing users of this road of the presence of deer
through clear signposting.
Started by: Deborah Jeffery (Rosie Harnden)
This ePetition runs from 17/04/2018 to 19/04/2019.
2 people have signed this ePetition.