Council to consider ways of tackling road safety issues in Millhouse Lane, MoretonWIRRAL'S highway bosses have promised to look at ways of tackling the problem of speeding motorists using Millhouse Lane in Moreton.
During a public meeting at the Millhouse Pub in Millhouse Lane on Tuesday night, representatives from the council and police heard residents' concerns about road safety. Around 40 people attended the meeting.
It followed a number of recent incidents involving cars and buses using the road.
Among the suggestions were the enforcement of 20mph speed limits, the painting of slow signs, anti-skid surfaces and speed bumps. There was also a suggestion that all residents park their cars on the road.
Another public meeting is planned to take place at the Pub
, to discuss the council's findings, in July. A date is yet to be fixed.
The road was closed on Saturday, April 24, after a car crashed into a house.
It was the second time in four months that the property at the junction of Tanworth Grove and Millhouse Lane had been hit by a vehicle.
In December, a single-decker bus skidded on black ice before it mounted the kerb and crashed into the building's extension wall.
A house at the junction of Townfield Lane was also hit by a car.
After Tuesday's meeting, a local resident told the Globe: "We've had a lot of concerns about speeding down Millhouse Lane, but we've also thought long and hard about what the answers could be.
"In all fairness, the idiots driving down the road at one o'clock in the morning actually wouldn't be affected by anything that we could do, and one of the biggest problems is stopping them.
"I found the gentlemen who suggested that we all park our cars in the road was not far off a solution.
"In Hoylake, they've actually created parking bays which, even when they’re not in use, give the perception that the road is narrower than it is.
"Another idea was for an anti-skid surface, which is something I was in favour of. But they are not working in other areas.
"I know they had it up near Ridgeway school, but as soon as you get a frost it rips it off the road.
"I think, in the short term, that a few guys with a couple of pots of paint would make a big difference. Just painting ‘Slow’ on the road would make a difference.
"If you are a stranger to this area and happen to be coming down this road, that bend will catch you by surprise."
Following the latest crash, Conservative councillors met residents and confirmed their support in pushing the council to take road safety in the neighbourhood more seriously.
Residents signed a door-to-door petition which called on the Council's Highways engineers to listen to hear their concerns.
Dave Rees, Wirral's road safety manager, said after the meeting: "We know that there's been one recorded injury accident in Millhouse Lane in the last three years and that during the unusually poor weather there was an incident where a bus lost control on the black ice and collided with a property.
"Since then, there has recently been an incident where someone's had a medical episode, lost control of their vehicle during that and hit the same house.
"We're looking into why people have lost control on that particular section of road. We're going to have a look at the carriageway surface to see how much grip it has to see whether there is anything particularly significant about that area, or whether these were just two random incidents that occured or conspired to happen in the same year at the same place.
"We're going to look at how many people are going along the road and at what speeds they are travelling at.
"We'll work with police on this and use the results to help police target their resources. If people are prepared to drive over the speed limit, then I'm sure police will take the appropriate action.
"I made a promise at the meeting that we’ll have a look at what we can do to tackle the problem and will report back to this group of residents within the next two months." THE GLOBE