‘It’s a miracle no one has been killed’ – review of Woodford Green speed restrictions promised

The latest Local Forum in Woodford Green. From left to right: Cllr Michael Stark, Cllr Lloyd Duddrid

The latest Local Forum in Woodford Green. From left to right: Cllr Michael Stark, Cllr Lloyd Duddridge, Cllr Jas Athwal and Redbridge Council chief executive Andy Donald. - Credit: Archant

Speed restrictions in Woodford Green are to be reviewed after a resident claimed at a Local Forum meeting “it is a miracle no one has been killed”.

Council leader Cllr Jas Athwal made the promise after several members of the public complained about dangers around Monkhams Lane.

One resident said: “There is dangerous driving up and down the road, people going at 40mph.”

She recounted an incident where a speeding car had to drive on the pavement to avoid her, when they did not see her pulling out.

Angela Cox, also of Monkhams Lane, added: “It’s got completely out of hand, it’s dreadful. It is a miracle no one has been killed.”

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The council leader ordered Redbridge’s highways department to compile a full report before the next Local Forum meeting in September.

“The whole area including the signage needs to be looked at,” he said.

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Speaking at the event, in All Saints’ Church, Inmans Row, Woodford Green, earlier today, Cllr Michael Stark (Con, Monkhams) argued the whole ward should have a 20mph speed limit.

“Then when drivers come into Monkhams they will know every where is 20mph, and you won’t get people confused where it is 20mph here and 30mph there,” he explained.

Also discussed at the meeting was the issue of dealers selling cars on residential streets, on street parking near schools and littering in the borough.

For a full report see next week’s Recorder.

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