Ilford residents speak out over shortcut

PUBLISHED: 07:00 03 February 2015

Castleview Gardens Photocredit: Google Maps

Castleview Gardens Photocredit: Google Maps


Drivers using a residential road to avoid the often congested Eastern Avenue have forced residents to call for action to stop speeding on their street.

Residents claim they have been asking councillors to curb the growing problem in Castleview Gardens, Ilford which runs parallel to Eastern Avenue, for a year.

Resident Linda Myers, of Castleview Gardens, said: “It is very dangerous on this road.

“We have got a lot of cars going down our road and they are going at about 80mph. We have complained about it.”

Mrs Myers said councillors had not taken “any notice” when she and other residents had approached them about the issue.

Mike Flore, 64, a Castleview Gardens resident for 25 years, added: “During the morning rush hour the road is chock-a-block.

“There is heavy traffic because we have a lot of people coming into the road.”

Mr Flore said he had notified police because the issue had grown so bad. “They need to do something,” he added.

This week, Cllr Mahboob Chaudary admitted to the Recorder the road had a “speeding problem”.

“Because of road works as you approached Eastern Avenue, everyone seems to be going down Castleview Gardens,” said Cllr Chaudhary. “There is a speeding problem.”

He added residents approached him six months ago to reduce the speed limit on the road from 30mph to 20mph.

He said: “The problem we have is there is a no school down there, which means it is harder to reduce the speed.”

Cllr Chaudhary added he would now try to get a speed gun trained on the road.

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