"Let's crack down on 'racetrack' drivers", say residents at beauty spot
RESIDENTS at Portishead Lake Grounds are calling for the speed limit on roads around the beauty spot to be lowered before there is an accident.
Pensioner Len Jenkins, 85, who lives at Beach Road West says each day he takes his life in his hands on the road outside his home.
Mr Jenkins, who has lived at the Lake Grounds for 20 years, wants to see the 30mph limit in force on Lake Road and Beach Road West lowered to 20mph.
Mr Jenkins says the problem with speeding traffic is worse during the rush hour as people head to and from work and during the weekends when the Lake Grounds is packed with visitors.
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Mr Jenkins said: "The traffic in this area really is abysmal.
"The Lake Grounds is a playground for hundreds of young children and is particularly busy after school and at weekends, yet some of the cars come round the bends on two wheels.
"Where I live at Beach Road West it is like a 10 way junction and I even have to put my hazards on to warn people I am coming out of my drive.
"There have been a number of near misses and it is only a matter of time before there is a nasty accident.
"There is an old peoples' home across the road and I spend a lot of time escorting them across the road because it is so dangerous.
"Add to that the boy racers and we have a very serious problem here.
"I think we should re-name the Lake Grounds as the Portishead racetrack as that would be far more apt."
Mr Jenkins is also calling on police to carry out more regular patrols to crackdown on drivers flouting the limits.
He added: "I understand the police are stretched but there is little point having speed limits if they are not enforced."
Mr Jenkins has raised his concerns with Portishead Town Council and has also written to North Somerset Council asking for the speed limit to be reviewed.
A 20mph limit was introduced in Portishead High Street two years ago following concerns about speeding traffic.
The 20mph limit, which runs from Victoria Court and along Harbour Road, was introduced as part of a project to install raised zebra crossings.
Portishead councillor David Pasley, who represents the Lake Grounds, said: "I think consideration needs to be given to additional traffic calming measures at the Lake Grounds and the surrounding roads.
"I am surprised there have not been more accidents. It is a very busy area which is used by a lot of children and elderly people.
"I will be writing to North Somerset highways and open spaces department to see whether a reduction in the speed limit is something which could be considered."
North Somerset Council spokesman Nick Yates said the authority would be checking the accident record for the area.
Mr Yates added: "If anyone has ideas about how safety can be improved in an area, we are always happy to hear them."