Action secured on speeding and noisy vehicles

Following a petition initiated by the Blackheath Westcombe Conservative Action Team that attracted nearly 400 signatures, Greenwich Police have proposed a series of measures to tackle the issue of noisy vehicles speeding on Kidbrooke Park Road and Shooters Hill Road.

On 19th October, Blackheath Westcombe Conservative councillor Geoff Brighty presented the petition to the Borough's Police Commander and, together with local residents, discussed the issues with the Commander and police colleagues. A number of possible actions were proposed that included increased patrols, extending current traffic operations to include checking for illegal exhausts and working with the local authority on speed cameras for a section of Shooters Hill Road. Bikers meeting at the tea hut on Blackheath will also be reminded about noise and speeds when they arrive and when they leave.

Welcoming the proposals, Councillor Geoff Brighty said: “I would like to thank the residents who helped collect signatures for the petition and the police for responding so quickly after our meeting. Speed and the noise generated by some motorbikes and modified cars are a big issue with residents and local schools. I look forward to a similar constructive response from Greenwich Council and Transport for London."

Kidbrooke Park Road resident Thomas Turrell said: “The fact the petition reached nearly 400 signatures shows that this issue needs to be dealt with as a priority and I am pleased to see the police are taking it seriously. While I was loading the petition online, about five or six vehicles sped past my flat, which illustrates how regularly this occurs."

Road safety campaigner Roger Tester added: “All motorists should be considerate of both other road users and those who live in the area. It is disappointing that not everyone is and that this petition was needed in the first place.  I am pleased to see the issue is now considered a priority by the local policing ward panel and that appropriate action is planned."

Councillor Brighty also presented the petition to Greenwich Council on 26th October and a Conservative member of the London Assembly will be presenting the petition to Transport for London shortly.