Call for action over speeding motorists on Daventry road

Western Avenue, Daventry
Western Avenue, Daventry

A Daventry resident fears there will be a fatal accident outside his home unless steps are taken to deter car drivers and motorcyclists from speeding in his road.

Anthony Gibbons, who has lived in Western Avenue since December, is calling for action to slow down traffic. He said: “The problems with speeding drivers in Western Avenue are horrendous. The cars are fast enough but the motorcyclists are even faster.

“The speed limit is 30mph but it feels like some people are doing more like 130mph. Some of the bikers come round every 30 minutes and make so much noise that they shake the sofa in our living room. I’ve never experienced anything like it in all my life.”

Mr Gibbons, the maintenance manager of Daventry Leisure Centre, said he and his neighbours have made several complaints to Northamptonshire Police about speeding drivers.

He added: “There are no speed cameras or traffic-calming measures such as speed bumps so irresponsible people can drive as fast as they want. My neighbour’s cat was run over the other day and sooner or later someone is going to get killed round here.”

A spokesperson for Northamptonshire Police said: “Speeding issues on Western Avenue have been raised with us as a concern by members of the public. In response, we have carried out 11 operations in the street so far this year and detected 255 offences, with a top speed of 51mph. We will continue to monitor speeds on this road regularly and are working with the community to tackle the issue.”