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Hartlepool Businessman leads petition calling for urgent traffic calming measures

Ary Ahmed who owns Ary’s barbers in Murray Street has delivered a petition signed by more than 30 supporters to the town’s Civic Centre, calling for rapid action to tackle dangerous speeding drivers.

He made the move after watching vehicles travelling at up to an estimated 70 miles an hour, despite the busy road being in a 20mph limit zone.

Many other locals have backed his campaign fearful the street could now be an accident waiting to happen, given the location of a nearby school and a thriving nursery in the built up area.

Ary explained: “There’s a lot of kids that use the street.

“Hopefully this petition can help put pressure on the council.”

The popular barber visited all the shops and the nursery in Murray Street to drum up support for what he believes to be an essential requirement for speed bumps. Ary has recently had talks with the police who visited the street, saying they will keep an eye on the situation.

Asian Standard understands the street has been 20mph since councillors approved dropping the speed limit in September 2018 following requests from residents and ward councillors. It seems a number of other roads near primary schools in the town have traffic calming measures, unlike the busy Street lined with shops.

Ary said there is nothing to help enforce it such as speed bumps which he says will help safeguard and even save lives.

He added: “It’s a big concern for all of us.

“If you have kids you want them to go to school and come back safe.

“We all agreed having a couple of speed bumps will absolutely save lives in Murray Street. The way people drive in the street it’s only a matter of time before something bad happens.

“Sixty, 70 miles an hour, that’s how fast they drive. I thought ‘let’s do something about this’.

A Hartlepool Borough Council spokesman said: “The petition will be considered in accordance with the council procedures for dealing with such requests.”



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