On Tuesday 1st July in the Main Meeting Room at the Civic Hall, Maryport at 1pm, Cumbria County Council's Local Committee for Allerdale will receive a report on the future of the Maryport Pedestrianisation Scheme and discuss the concerns they have over pedestrian safety.
County Councillor, Barbara Cannon, Chair of the Local Committee says
"At present there is clearly widespread disregard for the current traffic regulation order on Senhouse Street. The Local Committee is very concerned about the safety of pedestrians. There have been several 'near misses'. The Police have already stopped many motorists who have deliberately ignored the order. Records confirm that the majority of these drivers are local people who are aware that the order exists, not tourists. Some local drivers are travelling through the pedestrianised area at fairly high speeds without proper regard to the pedestrians walking on the street. This Local Committee along with the findings of the Safety Audit and the Police agree that this cannot continue. Steps must be taken to reduce the risk to pedestrians before a serious accident occurs."
The Local Committee will also be considering the merits of a temporary physical barrier, to make it harder for motorists to flaunt the law.