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Residents in Cavenham in wheelie clever bid to slow down drivers

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Residents from Cavenham add speed warnings to their bins, to stop drivers speeding through the village, after two crashes. Hugo Von Bussmann with Jennifer Baker, Jim Bennett, Frank Cox and Fred and Carol Sparkes. ANL-140716-191058009

Mark Westley Photography Residents from Cavenham add speed warnings to their bins, to stop drivers speeding through the village, after two crashes. Hugo Von Bussmann with Jennifer Baker, Jim Bennett, Frank Cox and Fred and Carol Sparkes. ANL-140716-191058009

 

People living in Cavenham have a message for speeding motorists from their wheelie bins.

When the dustmen call wheelie bins will be lined up along The Street and offer a warning to motorists to slow down.

This follows concern about extra traffic travelling at speed through the village and follows a couple of incidents recently in which an historic flint wall was seriously damaged.

Now special stickers have been purchased from the locality budget of district councillor Rona Burt.

Parish Clerk Jennifer Baker who lives in The Street said: “We have noticed increased speeding traffic in the village and wonder if that has been a result of the A11 works and more housing at Red Lodge.

“At our annual general meeting we asked for flashing warning signs but there was no money for that but driving through Cambridge I notice 30mph signs on wheelie bins and Rona Burt provided the money for stickers for our bins.”

Mrs Baker said the flint wall is privately owned and was the enclosing boundary for Cavenham Hall built by Goldschmidt, an ancestor of Jemima Khan.

“The wall is a feature of the street and hundreds of years old. Both crashes involved RAF servicemen and were about 10 yards apart,” she added.

“The footpath here is quite narrow and children get off the school bus in that area. Luckily no pedestrians were involved.

We’re Hoping the wheelie bins will be a low cost solution and help slow drivers down.”

The first incident at night on May 29 involved a drink driver who was banned for 23 months and fined while Police say no action was taken against the driver in the second crash on July 1. He suffered leg injuries after his car collided with the wall.

Police have been carrying out speed checks on the road following the two incidents.

 

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