Slow them down!

Residents of Ganton stage a peaceful protest as they try to get speed restrictions put in place on the A64'Picture by Neil Silk  113743
Residents of Ganton stage a peaceful protest as they try to get speed restrictions put in place on the A64'Picture by Neil Silk 113743

A PEACEFUL protest was staged by residents in Ganton who are campaigning for a speed restriction through their village.

Residents of all ages stood along both sides of the A64 in a bid to make motorists more aware of their campaign.

Neil Rogers, chairman of Ganton Road Safety Campaign, said: “The protest went really well and there was a good turnout. Our ‘honk your support’ banners went down very well!

“We had good communication with the police beforehand and they called by a couple of times and were very happy with proceedings.”

Mr Rogers said residents also wanted to demonstrate their frustration at the Highways Agency, who have said they will not discuss the matter until the conclusion of a fatal incident inquiry at West Heslerton.

The Highways Agency have told the Evening News that they will speak to residents as soon as this matter is resolved.

Mr Rogers also attended a Ryedale Council meeting on Wednesday, where he says there was strong support from county councillors.

Villagers supporting the campaign include Bill Wilkie, who has lived in Ganton for 34 years.

He said: “A speed restriction is long overdue. I have seen a considerable number of accidents and on one occasion I spent four hours directing traffic away from the A64 to avoid an accident.”

Resident Denise Crane said: “Ganton desperately needs a speed restriction. There are five junctions within a couple of hundred yards; its ridiculous that we are still a 60mph limit.”

Hilary Snowden, who also lives in the village, said residents are “victims of a postcode lottery”.

She added: “We are the only village in this area with no traffic calming measures.”