Sprayed signs leave councillor confused

13:37 20 October 2010

A road sign at Flint Cross that has been spray painted

A road sign at Flint Cross that has been spray painted

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A COUNCILLOR has been left in confusion after a road safety scheme she campaigned for was changed without her knowledge.

Road safety signs were erected at Flint Cross on the A505 after Susan van de Ven, Liberal Democrat county councillor for the area, had pushed for them since her election in May 2009.

The signs were then put up and included a 50mph speed limit, but they were spray-painted out by Cambridgeshire county council two weeks ago.

Cllr Van de Ven said: “It took over a year for the scheme to be implemented, and we gathered that residents wanted the 50mph signs to go up.

“They finally went up, and with the speed limit signs we had hoped for, but a few days later they were spray painted out.

“Since then, I have been chasing the county council to ask why, but they have not told us. It left us needing an explanation.”

The road was given the scheme because of its high death and serious injury rate, and residents fears had been voiced way before Cllr Van de Ven’s appeal for the reduction.

Now she fears that with the spray paint on the signs, drivers could be left confused.

“Its problematic to have a lot of new signs at a dangerous junction that are giving a confusing message. It will introduce doubt in the minds of the drivers.

“They have not let the parish council know why they were spray painted. Its quite common not to get a response from them.”

A Cambridgeshire county council spokesman said: “As part of the work to improve safety at the junction, the 50mph speed limit signs were introduced.

“However we need to carry out traffic orders before the speed limit is officially reduced.”

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