Keighley councillor backs Bogthorn couple’s campaign for speed reduction measures (From Keighley News)
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Keighley councillor backs Bogthorn couple’s campaign for speed reduction measures
1:20pm Saturday 31st August 2013 in Keighley
A Keighley town councillor is backing a Bogthorn couple’s campaign for speed reduction measures on the road outside their house.
Coun Graham Mitchell has pledged to take up Joe and Rhona Woollard’s concerns with police and Bradford Council.
The Woollards say residents’ cars are regularly damaged by vehicles exceeding the 30mph limit while driving along Oakworth Road.
They say drivers speed up along the flat half-mile stretch opposite the former Bronte Middle School.
Mrs Woollard said: “Once they get to the top of the hill after the speed cameras, they start speeding. “Not long ago a car went through the garden opposite us, clipped a tree and knocked down a telegraph pole. Our cars have lost wing mirrors.”
The Woollards alerted the Keighley News to their fears after two cars were involved in a collision outside their house earlier this month.
Mr Woollard’s own car was badly damaged last year after being hit by a vehicle that overturned while driving along the stretch of Oakworth Road.
Coun Mitchell, who represents Oakworth on Keighley Town Council, said traffic calming was unlikely to be approved for Oakworth Road.
But he said he would bring the problem up with Keighley police, Bradford Council highways officers and the town council’s own watch and transport committee.
He added: “Speed cameras on the incline between Fell Lane and Exley Head have helped enormously, and most cars are driving at the right speed all the way to Oakworth.
“But there are a minority who do go too fast. I absolutely accept what Mr Woollard says and I know speed is an issue.
“It’s not the sort of road where you can put in speed humps. It’s the main road through to Colne and is used by an awful lot of people.”
Keighley Neighbourhood Policing Team has not received any reports of speeding on the Bogthorn stretch of Oakworth Road, but said residents could report such issues on 01535 617119.
A Bradford Council spokesman said: “At the moment, there are no proposals for speed reduction measures there, but we will monitor the situation.”
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