Action Team take Blackheath Speeding/Noise petition to City Hall

The Conservative Action Team for Blackheath Westcombe ward, made up of local councillor Geoff Brighty, Roger Tester and Thomas Turrell, has taken its fight for action against speeding and noisy vehicles in Blackheath to City Hall.

Conservative London-Wide Assembly Member Shaun Bailey presented a petition calling for action on Shooters Hill Road and Kidbrooke Park Road to the Mayor of London on December 7. The petition attracted more than 400 signatures from local residents across the summer.

Blackheath Westcombe ward councillor Geoff Brighty said: "I am grateful to Shaun for submitting this petition on behalf of the hundreds of residents who signed it. I hope that the Mayor of London and Transport for London take these concerns seriously and are proactive in coming forward with proposed solutions, as indeed the police have been.”

Assembly Member Shaun Bailey commented: “Shooters Hill Road and Kidbrooke Park Road are traditionally quiet parts of London, and it is unfortunate that traffic has become such a nuisance there.The local community has contacted every power available and has made little progress. Now residents are appealing directly to the Mayor of London to make this right and better enforce the speed limit.I am presenting this petition to the Mayor at the December 7London Assembly Plenary and I would urge him to consider it closely.”

In October, Cllr Brighty met with the Borough Commander of Greenwich Police to discuss the issue and present him with a copy of the petition. He received a response detailing some proposals two days later. Cllr Brighty has also presented to Greenwich Council, attended the Highways Committee meeting and discussed the issue with Greenwich Conservatives’ Transport Spokesman Cllr Matt Clare.

Thomas Turrell, a resident of Kidbrooke Park Road, said: "These vehicles are a nuisance and a danger to pedestrians and other road users alike. We cannot afford to sit by and only act after an accident occurs. Both roads are residential, so the drivers of these vehicles are not only gambling with their own lives when they selfishly chose to drive at such speeds.”

While road safety campaigner Roger Tester added: “All road users need to show consideration for each other. It is disturbing that some people show such disregard for this in residential areas. I am pleased that we have been able to raise this issue with Greenwich Council, the Police, the Mayor of London and Transport for London. The ball is now in their court and I look forward to seeing their responses.”