Resident’s anger at Hartlepool drivers ‘doing 50mph in a 20mph zone’

Fred Smurthwaite pictured in Arncliffe Gardens.
Fred Smurthwaite pictured in Arncliffe Gardens.

A RESIDENT has slammed motorists who are travelling at speeds which he believes will eventually lead to someone being killed.

Fred Smurthwaite, who lives in Arncliffe Gardens, Hartlepool – which is a 20mph zone – claims drivers often travel along the road at speeds of at least 50mph.

The 58–year–old says he informed the council of the drivers’ dangerous actions a year ago and suggested that speed humps should be erected, but claims he has not yet had a reply.

The dad–of–three and grandfather–of–four said: “There’s always been an issue with speeding and a lot of the neighbours agree with me that there should be speed bumps put in the street.

“I told the council about my concerns with the council about a year ago but I haven’t heard anything back yet.

“If council staff came and sat in my front room though, within half an hour they would see enough. I’m not exaggerating.

“It’s horrendous, they do 40mph and 50mph in the street and it’s supposed to be a 20mph limit.

“Someone will get killed, I hope I’m wrong, but I really fear that someone will be.”

Fred, a pipefitter and welder who has lived in the street for more than 30 years, added: “Something needs to be done about it because I can see it happening that someone will get seriously injured or even worse, killed.

“There are lots of families living around here so children have to use the roads and all it would take is for one of them to step out at the wrong time.

“Even adults are at risk. It’s outrageous in a built up area like this.

“If there were speed bumps in the street it would help a great deal.”

A spokesman for Hartlepool Borough Council said: “We are happy to carry out a survey of vehicle speeds on the road in the coming weeks.

“The results of this, plus any information about previous traffic accidents in the area, will enable us to assess whether further traffic calming measures are required.”