New resolve for safety at Ganton

n IN September the Ganton Road Safety Campaign staged a peaceful protest that drew crowds of villagers in support.

ROAD safety campaigners in Ganton, near Scarborough, have vowed to continue their battle into the New Year and beyond.

Residents have dubbed the A64 village an “accident blackspot” and have been campaigning for a speed restriction and other safety measures since June.

A committee was formed, which has regular meetings in the village, and the group is hoping to hold a larger, public meeting in the near future.

However, despite the villagers’ commitment and support, campaign organisers have faced difficulties in trying to meet with the authorities to discuss a way forward.

Representatives from the Highways Agency have said they will meet with the group, but not until an inquiry into a fatal incident at West Heslerton last year is concluded.

Campaign group chairman Neil Rogers says that despite being “battered all year with policy, procedures and what ever else was a buzz word at the time” the group is as determined as ever to work with the powers that be to make their village safer.

He said: “I would like to thank those who fully supported and listened to us, and show our frustrations to those who have not.

“Somebody has a responsibility for the duty of care for users of this road. We have raised issues and concerns and all we have ever asked is you come and discuss them with us.

“In January we will be knocking on every door again pressing for this dialogue to start.”

Mr Rogers added that anyone interested in making the stretch of road at Ganton safer for all road users - not just villagers - is welcome to join the campaign group. Email ganton.rsc@gmail.com