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Traffic calming ‘desperately needed’ after driver leaves damage on Church Lane

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RESIDENTS of Church Lane are calling for traffic calming measures to be put in place on the lane after a driver crashed into a property and left the scene last week.

Police confirmed that at approximately 10.50pm on Thursday 8th August,  a car lost control and mounted the pavement outside the home of Sue Bailey, causing damage to her oak porch, fencing and curb stones. The driver failed to stop at the scene, leaving behind a black wing mirror.

According to residents, speeding down Church Lane is a daily occurrence, and has been a problem for years. A neighbour of Sue’s, Brian Flynn, has been campaigning for something to be done for almost 10 years. Last week’s incident is the third time someone has mounted the pavement outside Sue’s home.

“If anyone had been on the pavement they would be dead,” Sue told Melksham News. “The driver last night (8th August) must have totalled their car – it sounded awful. And at that speed, they must have injured themselves too – whiplash at least.

“Many people drive with excessive speed down Church Lane – as it is a straight road, they accelerate as fast as they can and ‘rev’ up and down the lane. It’s scary when you hear them  – something needs to happen to combat the problem. It only takes a person to be stood on the pavement at the wrong time…we desperately need traffic calming in place before it’s too late.”

Brian, whose own property was damaged two years ago by a car, added “ Something needs to be done before it’s too late. Metro counts have been carried out on the lane to measure the speeds – one reading showed a car travelling at over 80mph two years ago – but nothing seems to be done. It will take a fatality for something to happen.”

Regarding the incident, a spokesperson for Wiltshire Police said, “Enquiries are ongoing and we would like to hear from anyone who was driving in the area at the time and may have dashcam footage which would help with the investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call 101 and quote log 411 of 8th August.”

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