Work needs to be done on Ashby Rd

The Eco Committee at Falconer's Hill Infant School, Ashby Road, set up a petition to ensure a controlled crossing for Ashby Road.
The Eco Committee at Falconer's Hill Infant School, Ashby Road, set up a petition to ensure a controlled crossing for Ashby Road.

A few weeks ago, among many others, a letter regarding road safety and the proposed improvements to Ashby Road, was published from our new county councillor, Adam Collyer, in which he stated that he wasn’t sure that he agreed with the current proposals to make Ashby Road ‘safe’, he felt it better to use the money to fill potholes.

I live on Ashby Road and would like to express my concern over his comments.

The current discussions with regard to slowing the traffic down and reducing the through traffic thereby making Ashby Road safe have been ongoing for the last two years during which time residents, together with our previous county councillor, Chris Long, have spent a great deal of time ascertaining the measures to make the road safe. Numerous meetings have been held with the highways authority, the road safety team, the police, NCC and DDC.

Full traffic surveys have been carried out and the conclusion was that the road was unsafe.

Following the traffic survey, which showed that the road was carrying some 24,500 cars (a lot using it as a shortcut to and from town) per week of which 61.3 per cent were speeding, a detailed plan was put forward by the highways authority to resolve the problem.

Providing the plan is actioned, everybody’s efforts to bring this serious problem to a satisfactory conclusion will have been well rewarded.

We do not however, need negative input from a newly elected county councillor who does not live near Ashby Road and who, in my opinion, has not fully appraised himself of the situation and by his comments has demonstrated that he apparently has little regard for the concerns of the residents and school children using Ashby Road.

L Thompson

Daventry

Loud vehicles

Sick to death of the noise

I am sick to death with loud vehicles using the road between the Cummins roundabout and the rubbish dump roundabout as a race track. On Monday night there was a motorbike driving down that road, very loud and very fast at 11.30pm. I live on Tennyson Road and we have lots of cars and bikes driving down our road thinking it is a race track with loud exhausts and not a care in the world for what time it is. I am sure if I got myself one of those loud exhausts and then drove down their road very late at night, they would not be happy. I have children who work and are being kept awake. I am so glad that I don’t have young kids because I can imagine how scared they must be, by being woken up by that noise. I am so surprised that no-one has said anything sooner. Both my husband and my oldest son have/ride motorbikes, even to the point that my oldest has to be up and out of the door by 6am to get to work but he can do it quietly as he understands that no-one wants to be woken at that time of the morning. Please loud bikers/car drivers of Daventry, use your common sense and ride your bike/car during the day, and not when we are trying to sleep.

Mrs T Turner

Daventry

Democracy

‘Dismayed’ at response

In response to Beverley Rundle’s letter in the Daventry Express dated August 29, I am dismayed at her statement that ‘the electorate of Daventry do not appear to be overly concerned with what happens in and around the town’. I have been a resident in Daventry for nearly 40 years and I care deeply about the future of the town. To challenge Mr Poole to stand for election in order for his opinions to be heard implies that every person in the electorate should do the same. I do not necessarily agree with all of Mr Poole’s views but, as a democracy, the electorate has a right to vote and voice their opinions. The implication that only those who stand for election care for the future of this town is disgraceful and if Ms Rundle believes herself above those in which she has been permitted to serve, she should stand down immediately.

Helen Flynn

Daventry

Political divisions

I refer to the letters page Daventry Express, August 29, and the kind words spoken of me by Ms B Rundle however I must disagree with her comments that the town council is apolitical. If she is right then it must be said those who hunt in packs coincidentally are of the same political persuasion.

These groups obviously see themselves as an opposition party to anything positive the district council puts forward or suggested by the too few positive members of the town council. In her letter Ms Rundle talks of the democratic process regarding elections, perhaps she should consider the earmarked budget for elections is ratepayers’ money. What she should be asking is why so many town councillors throw in the towel.

The letters page of this newspaper has revealed that a number of councillors including myself walked away unable to stand the backbiting childish behaviour of fellow members. While I am flattered by Ms Rundle’s suggestion I should stand in the forthcoming town council election I must decline.

Daventry has a golden opportunity as we come out of the mess left from the last government, there will shortly be increased retail options, increased employment opportunities in the high tech industries, increased housing for those Daventry people on the waiting list and improved education for our young. My conscience would not want me to join a backward-looking town council seemingly opposed to change.

Colin Poole

Daventry