Campaigners fight speedy motorists
A group has started a campaign to stop speeding on a busy Sutton road.
Kathy O’Reilly, 73, from Sutton grew fed up of cars breaking the 20 mph speed limit on Cavendish Road and began a petition asking for controls on the road.
77 signatures later Sutton South Councillor’s Heather Honour and Richard Clifton presented the petition to Sutton Council on July 16.
Ms O’Reilly said: "It’s madness - they just use this road like a race track.
"I’ve been here for three years.
"Many of the residents in the road - when I got their signatures - said they have reported this several times but had never got a reply.
"The speed bumps mean absolutely nothing.
"It’s very dangerous though - many people here are elderly and are worried about crossing the road.
"It’s no good putting a crossing in - you worry for your life."
Ms O’Reilly used to be a carer and said she understands the problems speeding cars can cause for the elderly wanting to cross the road.
She said: "You take your life in your hands - some can hardly see."
Cavendish Road has a number of blocks of sheltered housing for the elderly and it is those who are particularly worried by the speed of traffic.
The Sutton South Ward has one of the highest concentrations of elderly people in Sutton. The petition has now been referred to the South Sutton, Cheam and Belmont local committee meeting which will take place on October 11 at St Dunstans School in Cheam at 7pm.
Coun Richard Clifton said: "There is no doubt that the traffic moves very fast down Cavendish Road despite the speed limit, and we would not have a petition signed by 77 residents unless there was real concern.
"I have asked the Council's traffic engineers to take a good look at the problem and see if there are solutions."