A new speed survey in Shenley showed vehicles are travelling at speeds of 60 mph in a 30 mph zone.
The Hertfordshire County Council (HCC) conducted the survey after the Shenley Parish Council (SPC) sent them 163 letters voicing concerns of speeding cars on Black Lion Hill in Shenley.
The survey showed vehicles travel at speeds up to 60 plus mph on the steep road and continue the speed on through Shenleybury.
Following the survey, councillor for HCC Highways and Environment, Phil Bibby, suggested increasing the speed limit from 30 to 40 mph, as that’s the only way the road can have safety measures like a speed indicator device, speed limit warnings on lampposts and the road and double white lines.
The parish council responded: “Despite appearances, Black Lion Hill is not a country lane but a busy pedestrian area, with residents from Black Lion Hill, Porters Park Drive/North Avenue/Shenleybury area, often with children, having no choice but to cross the road to access the only pavement which is on the rural side of the road, in order to access schools, nurseries, doctors, shops and care homes and all village facilities. To cross any road where traffic including HGV Lorries is thundering up and down a hill at these excessive speeds, is to take your life in your hands.”
Herts Councillor Morris Bright MBE reportedly told the parish council he wouldn’t walk on the pavement on that road as it’s too dangerous, but the parish council pointed out that some residents don’t have a choice.
The parish council, which has tried a number of methods to reduce speeding, said: “We are not asking for a change in the speed limit but only to warn drivers of what the speed limit actually is and the danger from people accessing the road from drives and roads at the bottom of the hill after the blind spot and of course pedestrians.”