Eltham South Conservatives secure funding for Avery Hill road safety

Eltham South councillors Matt Clare and Adam Thomas have secured council funding for a feasibility study for road safety measures on Avery Hill Road and Bexley Road.

At the September council meeting Cllr Clare presented a petition of over 200 signatures from concerned residents living in Avery Hill, concerned about the increase in serious accidents and speeding traffic.

They managed to convince officers that the road safety statistics for the roadd needed to be considered in a more realistic way, as previously the road had been split along different data sets - finally leading the council to the conclusion that something had to be done.

At this weeks Highways Committee, Cllr Thomas was able to agree the necessary funding for a feasibility study and an assurance form the council that this would start before June 2013. He also got an agreement that the flashing speed signs on the road will stay in place.

Interestingly a Labour councillor on the committee asked whether the Labour MP for Eltham had taken any interest in this issue, and the officer replied that they had received no correspondence from him on this issue - despite over 200 residents signing the petition.

Cllr Thomas said, "It's great news that the council has been more realistic on the figures - as the problem of accidents is getting much worse.  We'll now be pressing the council to make sure concrete measures come out of the review."