Ganton campaign protest planned

Ganton A64 locals rally together to raise awareness of the roads dangers. local Resident Neil Rogers, front, with the group. Picture by Richard Ponter   112350a
Ganton A64 locals rally together to raise awareness of the roads dangers. local Resident Neil Rogers, front, with the group. Picture by Richard Ponter 112350a

n The Ganton Road Safety Campaign group is hoping that a 30mph speed limit will be installed along the stretch of A64 to help reduce the number of accidents.

CAMPAIGNERS for a speed restriction through the village of Ganton are planning a roadside protest.

Residents launched a campaign earlier this year after growing concerns about the number of accidents along the stretch of A64.

They have now formed a committee and are meeting every couple of weeks to discuss the way forward.

A peaceful roadside protest is planned for Wednesday September 14 from around 6pm.

Organisers are hoping as many people as possible will come along and show their support.

Resident Jayne Scotland said: “We will be on both sides of the road and we’re in the process of designing placards and banners.

“It will be a peaceful protest to raise awareness of the issue of speeding and the police have been notified.

“People are more than welcome to join us, wherever they live.”

Miss Scotland added that the group is in touch with representatives from other villages who are also campaigning on the same issue.

The Ganton group was formed following a spate of accidents and major concerns about people driving at speeds of up to 100mph through the village.

Members are hoping for a speed restriction of 30mph to be put in place to make the area safer for drivers and residents alike.

However, Miss Scotland said that the Highways Agency and police will not discuss the matter with them until a fatal incident enquiry at West Heslerton is concluded.

She said: “The Highways Agency is still stalling, They say they can’t talk to us as a matter of policy, but so far they haven’t been able to furnish us with a copy of this policy.

“We feel like we’re just being fobbed off, as the stretch of road in question is five miles away.

“But we’ve managed to drum up quite a bit of support locally and we won’t be fobbed off.”

A spokesman from the Highways Agency told the Evening News they will meet with villagers once the outcome of the inquest is known.

A petition has been signed by villagers and will now be available for other to sign in the local pub and golf club.