Fury over 'appalling' plans for speed humps in South Way, Leavesden

Proposals to introduce nine speed humps on a road in Leavesden have been met with outrage.

As part of plans to build 425 homes on a site in Aerodrome Way, developer Bellway Homes now wants to introduce speed humps on South Way, which will fulfil traffic calming requirements.

The road’s speed limit would also be reduced from 40mph to 30mph and during a full council meeting on Tuesday, district councillors expressed their opposition to the humps.

Councillor Chris Whately Smith said: "I could not be more outraged. I think it is absolutely appalling.

"There isn’t a single resident that wants these humps. It looks as though we will get them through the back door.

Bellway has also put forward proposals to install two pedestrian crossings, with one included near the park entrance to make safer access.

Councillor Sara Bedford said: "Everyone is against the speed humps and residents must let the county council know how they feel.

"The speed humps will be uncomfortable for people, especially those elderly residents. If they are put in, drivers will begin to avoid the road."

Hertfordshire County Council’s highway department will now consider these proposals over the next six weeks in order to draw up a traffic order.

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5:10pm Fri 1 Mar 13

abbotshornet says...

I always thought it was the local council that decided these things, it would appear from what the local councillors are saying it is Bellway Homes who decide on road safety matters.
Despite the headline I always thought South Way was in Abbots Langley, we already have far too many road humps/traffic calming in Abbots Langley. I live in Abbots Langley and everywhere I drive in Abbots Langley I have to continually break and swerve to try and save my car from being damaged by these things in my path.
To travel by car from my home in Abbots Langley to the nearest town where I work I cannot avoid traffic calming of some sort, enough is enough, what we do need (so it will never happen) is a better road system to assist people to get from "A" to "B" quickly & safely,
What is required is a new road linking the bottom of Furtherfield with the round-about next to the studios, this would mean I would not have to drive along the stretch of road in question at all!
I always thought it was the local council that decided these things, it would appear from what the local councillors are saying it is Bellway Homes who decide on road safety matters. Despite the headline I always thought South Way was in Abbots Langley, we already have far too many road humps/traffic calming in Abbots Langley. I live in Abbots Langley and everywhere I drive in Abbots Langley I have to continually break and swerve to try and save my car from being damaged by these things in my path. To travel by car from my home in Abbots Langley to the nearest town where I work I cannot avoid traffic calming of some sort, enough is enough, what we do need (so it will never happen) is a better road system to assist people to get from "A" to "B" quickly & safely, What is required is a new road linking the bottom of Furtherfield with the round-about next to the studios, this would mean I would not have to drive along the stretch of road in question at all! abbotshornet
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6:20pm Fri 1 Mar 13

Roadrunner38 says...

All Hertfordshire Highways ever seem to do is put down speed humps and mini-roundabouts. The former are loathed by the emergency services since they severely reduce response times, and ambulances carrying patients with spinal injuries have terrible problems negotiating speed humps. How much does Herts Highways cost the taxpayer, and what do we get for our money?
All Hertfordshire Highways ever seem to do is put down speed humps and mini-roundabouts. The former are loathed by the emergency services since they severely reduce response times, and ambulances carrying patients with spinal injuries have terrible problems negotiating speed humps. How much does Herts Highways cost the taxpayer, and what do we get for our money? Roadrunner38
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6:45pm Fri 1 Mar 13

Sara says...

South Way is in Abbots Langley - or at least was when I drove along it this morning :)

HCC seem to be saying that they want measures to ensure the soon to be limit of 30mph is obeyed and that very little apart from speed humps will do. As developers, Bellway have to come up with a scheme that meets HCC's requirements, then pay for its installation.
South Way is in Abbots Langley - or at least was when I drove along it this morning :) HCC seem to be saying that they want measures to ensure the soon to be limit of 30mph is obeyed and that very little apart from speed humps will do. As developers, Bellway have to come up with a scheme that meets HCC's requirements, then pay for its installation. Sara
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8:39pm Fri 1 Mar 13

MarsLander says...

Who will end up paying to remove them when there is an outbreak of common sense?
Who will end up paying to remove them when there is an outbreak of common sense? MarsLander
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11:16pm Fri 1 Mar 13

Paul Gadd says...

Soon the only cars on the road will be 4x4s...all the 'ordinary' cars being wrecked due these ruddy speed humps all over the place.
Soon the only cars on the road will be 4x4s...all the 'ordinary' cars being wrecked due these ruddy speed humps all over the place. Paul Gadd
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3:46am Sat 2 Mar 13

John Dowdle says...

Would not speed cameras achieve the same result but without causing damage to cars?
With the increasing shortage of school places, GP and hospital places in South West Hertfordshire, what provision is being made by the developers to meet the cost of the additional services needing to be provided for the new families moving into the development?
What contributions are being made by the developer to social services and community services provision?
Never mind these short-term hump gimmicks, let us hear about much longer-term provisions and effects.
Would not speed cameras achieve the same result but without causing damage to cars? With the increasing shortage of school places, GP and hospital places in South West Hertfordshire, what provision is being made by the developers to meet the cost of the additional services needing to be provided for the new families moving into the development? What contributions are being made by the developer to social services and community services provision? Never mind these short-term hump gimmicks, let us hear about much longer-term provisions and effects. John Dowdle
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6:55pm Sat 2 Mar 13

Sara says...

The community and educational facilities will be funded through a Section 106 agreement.

Yes, speed cameras would have a similar effect, but it is almost impossible to get cameras installed any more.
The community and educational facilities will be funded through a Section 106 agreement. Yes, speed cameras would have a similar effect, but it is almost impossible to get cameras installed any more. Sara
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7:21pm Sat 2 Mar 13

John Dowdle says...

Parking enforcement is devolved from the County Council. Why not ask them to devolve speed cameras to Three Rivers too? You could also approach the newly elected PCC for assistance on this matter - it might give him something useful to do?
Parking enforcement is devolved from the County Council. Why not ask them to devolve speed cameras to Three Rivers too? You could also approach the newly elected PCC for assistance on this matter - it might give him something useful to do? John Dowdle
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9:50am Sun 3 Mar 13

theturpster says...

If i was a car driver, i seriously would have given up by now. Having spent the last 40 years walking or using public transport, i suppose I've never had the luxury of being able to drive a car, but surely there is only so much pain and angst a human can put themselves through before thinking this stress is too much and enough is enough...

How many of you wish you hadn't bothered?
If i was a car driver, i seriously would have given up by now. Having spent the last 40 years walking or using public transport, i suppose I've never had the luxury of being able to drive a car, but surely there is only so much pain and angst a human can put themselves through before thinking this stress is too much and enough is enough... How many of you wish you hadn't bothered? theturpster
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3:39pm Sun 3 Mar 13

John Dowdle says...

I have driven across large parts of Africa and Northern America, as well as parts of the UK and Ireland. Being able to drive enhances individual freedom and the greater ability to travel broadens the mind.
It will be a sorry day when we are all forced to go back to a way of life where only the wealthy can afford private transport.
The anti-car brigade are tilting at windmills if they expect the majority of people in society to want to go back to a way of life that existed a century or more ago.
Car drivers are also occasional pedestrians, so we do appreciate both sides of a situation, unlike closed-minded people who know only one side to any situation.
I have driven across large parts of Africa and Northern America, as well as parts of the UK and Ireland. Being able to drive enhances individual freedom and the greater ability to travel broadens the mind. It will be a sorry day when we are all forced to go back to a way of life where only the wealthy can afford private transport. The anti-car brigade are tilting at windmills if they expect the majority of people in society to want to go back to a way of life that existed a century or more ago. Car drivers are also occasional pedestrians, so we do appreciate both sides of a situation, unlike closed-minded people who know only one side to any situation. John Dowdle
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7:33pm Wed 6 Mar 13

JohnnyHornet says...

I wish they would put some humps in my road, with the amount of potholes it has it would probably be a nice flat road.
I wish they would put some humps in my road, with the amount of potholes it has it would probably be a nice flat road. JohnnyHornet
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