Grimsby residents petition for speed bumps to go

Campaigners fighting for speed bumps to be removed in a part of North East Lincolnshire have handed a petition to the council.

People living on Eastfield Avenue and Southfield Avenue, in Grimsby, claim the speed bumps are too high and are damaging their cars.

The council installed the speed bumps more than 10 years ago.

The authority said the measure was introduced to stop drivers using the streets as a "rat run".

Resident Mick Parish said: "The size of the bump and the amount of damage it does to your car when you go over it - it's a nightmare. Its broken a few peoples' [vehicles'] springs.

"There's no others like it anywhere else in the town and I'd like to see them gone altogether."

'They should stay'

Jill Parish said: "It's also broken the tiles on the speed bump because the cars are hitting them that often that they have to replace them. So it is doing damage to the bumps as well as the cars."

However not all residents oppose the speed bumps.

One resident, who wished to remain anonymous, said: "I think they should stay. If you take them away it's going to make the traffic come down here speeding and there's lots of children down here as well.

"One of the reasons why we came here was because we saw the speed bumps and thought it's going to slow the traffic down."

Jason Longhurst, head of development at North East Lincolnshire Council, said the petition handed in by campaigners would "go to the portfolio holder for discussion".

"There is currently a mixture of traffic calming measures in the area such as road narrowing, speed ramps [speed bumps] and speed tables [flat speed bumps]," said Mr Longhurst.

"The measures were [introduced] to address issues with the use of Southfield Avenue as a rat-run for drivers trying to avoid Peaks Parkway when it was built."

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