Hartlepool village drives home safety message to speeding motorists

SLOW DOWN: Councillors Brenda Loynes, Ray Martin-Wells and George Morris at the electronic speed sign on the north entrance to Elwick village
SLOW DOWN: Councillors Brenda Loynes, Ray Martin-Wells and George Morris at the electronic speed sign on the north entrance to Elwick village

NEW signs have been installed in Elwick to drive home the message to motorists it is a 20mph zone.

Ward councillors hope the illuminated signs will help drivers to put on the brakes when they travel through the village.

Residents complained they struggled to cross the road sometimes to get to the pubs and shop due to the speed of vehicles zooming past.

Rural West councillor Ray Martin-Wells said: “The illuminated sign is to reinforce the reduction in the speed limit.

“People who are not from the area wouldn’t necessarily realise that it was down to 20 miles per hour.

“Going from Hartlepool to the A19 the limit goes from 60mph, so it is a massive reduction down to 20mph.

“Residents have been complaining for quite some time that it is still difficult to cross the road to go from the residential side to the green.”

The village previously had illuminated signs when the limit through the village was 30mph.

But new ones had to be bought for the new limit.

They flash up to show the limit is 20mph when any motorists go over the limit.

A sign has been installed at each end of the village.

They have been funded out of Hartlepool Borough Council’s general fund.

Coun Martin-Wells added: “The issue was brought to our attention by Councillor Brenda Loynes and we are very grateful to the council for the funding.

“We believed it was worth spending the money to put these signs up.”

Elwick, along with several Hartlepool streets, became a 20mph zone in April 2013 after a council consultation found 84 per cent of residents backed the idea.

The main road through the village is narrow with bends and inclines at various points.

Last summer, village children won first prize in the annual scarecrow competition after using the contest to hammer home the 20mph limit.

They made a display of children and a warning message in North Lane.