Neighbours clash over plan for Dagenham street right-turn ban
PUBLISHED: 15:14 07 October 2014 | UPDATED: 15:14 07 October 2014
Plans to restrict access to a Dagenham road have pitted two ends of a street against each other.
The right hand turn into Wren Road could be abolished in a bid to banish speeding after some householders complained about the safety risks - but others have mounted a campaign against the idea.
The two sides came face-to-face at a meeting on Thursday.
Dean Ford, who lives in the adjoining Durell Road, believes bringing in the restriction would disadvantage residents.
The 34-year-old said speed humps and a 20mph limit would be more appropriate measures.
“It is going to penalise [those of] us that come home from that direction, all because the tenants who live at the other end say that it is a risk to their children,” he said. “We all pay tax and insurance to use that road and if it’s closed there will be more traffic elsewhere.”
His neighbour, Anna Young, said: “There is a problem with speeding but there have been no accidents in three years.
“They have the money for speed humps and at the right height they work.”
She said the impact on surrounding services had not been considered, including meals on wheels and dial a ride.
A council spokesman said: “The meeting on October 2 resolved that the council will carry out consultation with affected residents to gauge their opinion on the proposed closure of the right hand turn into Wren Road.
“This proposal is deemed the best option by the council as it aims to reduce volumes of traffic using the residential roads affected as an access route.
“This in turn should reduce the occurrence of speeding and irresponsible driving practices.”
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