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'Speed bumps for the well off, speeding cars for the poor' - says angry resident; Campaigner angry at traffic calming measures in only one part of street.

Byline: Liam Thorp

It is claimed that private homeowners living around a busy Liverpool road are being protected by speed bumps - while poorer residents are left in danger.

That is the view of community campaigner Marie McGiveron, who believes it is a case of 'the haves and the have nots' inQueens Road, Everton.

She is angry that when a new housing development was created in the area, speed bumps were installed on the roads around it and the section of Queens Road running alongside it.

But along the rest of Queens Road - which has a number of former council houses and housing association homes - there are no speed bumps, and according to Marie, a major issue with speeding vehicles.

The councilsays the disparity is due to a change of policy - but Marie says it is 'not good enough to put poor lives at risk appose to those who can afford to buy their own home".

She said: "This is Queens Road, which is an extremely busy road.

"When this new housing development got built - they put bumps all the way down and around it, they are actually cushioning the new housing estate - which is private - so that people living there are protected - and that's a good thing.

"Except that further up the street, you have got the old council estate and housing association area, which have got no bumps - even though we have asked for them in the past.

"It is not good enough to put lives at risk at this end of the street, where poor people live, appose to those that can afford to buy their own home.

"We don't begrudge them the bumps. But we would like them right the way up Queens Road to protect our kids, protect the elderly, protect people crossing to the shops and the school."

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She added: "It feels like its a case of the haves and the have nots to people around here."

A spokesman for Liverpool City Council said that the authority's policy for speed calming measures has changed since the housing development was created.

He said: "Liverpool City Council introduced a policy of 20mph limits on all appropriate residential roads five years ago.

"This programme resulted in shift away from installing traffic claiming measures towards enforcing the slower speed limit.

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"The measures that have been introduced in this area complies with the developers planning condition and subsequent s278 agreement. However, planning permission was granted in 2011, which is prior to the council's decision to change the policy."


Credit: Andrew Teebay/Liverpool Echo

Marie McGiveron next to the final speed bump on Queens Road,Everton

Credit: Andrew Teebay/Liverpool Echo

Marie McGiveron next to the final speed bump on Queens Road,Everton

Credit: Andrew Teebay/Liverpool Echo

Queens Road,Everton

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Publication:Crosby Herald (Liverpool, England)
Date:Apr 14, 2019
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