Campaign for A64 changes move up a gear

Ganton villagers are calling for a speed limit and more awareness of the dangers that locals face
Ganton villagers are calling for a speed limit and more awareness of the dangers that locals face
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A NEWLY-FORMED campaign group in Ganton is stepping up its fight for a speed restriction through the village.

A meeting was held which attracted over 50 residents following a spate of accidents along the stretch of A64.

An official group has now been formed, called Ganton RSC (Road Safety Campaign) and a committee of six residents is meeting every fortnight.

Group secretary Jayne Scotland said: “We’ve been overwhelmed with the response from people and the support we’ve received so far.

“Lots of residents have been coming forward with suggestions and ideas.”

The group had hoped to hold a public meeting later this month, but this has been postponed as a number of key figures such as MP Anne McIntosh and representatives from the Highways Agency were not able to attend.

There is still an ongoing fatal incident inquiry for the A64, following an incident at West Heslerton, and the group have found that many agencies have said they will only be able to work with them once this is complete.

However, the group is continuing to do as much work as they can in the meantime.

Miss Scotland told the Evening News that the committee now has a list of all the accidents at Ganton over the last 10 years.

They also have an ongoing petition, which has been signed by many of the villagers, and are in the process of studying the legal documentation regarding 30 and 40 mph zones.

Committee members are also looking at what kind of speed calming measures have been put in place in other villages in the area.

Miss Scotland said: “We will carry on our campaign as long as it takes. We’re just trying to get what other villages have got for safety.”