Frustration over council response on Ripon danger road

Greg Hunt, right, and neighbour Jim Jones after the crash in March. (1303201AM)
Greg Hunt, right, and neighbour Jim Jones after the crash in March. (1303201AM)

Traffic safety problems on a main road out of Ripon continue even though residents have seen their garden walls destroyed and cars smashed into by speeding drivers.

In March this year neighbours Greg Hunt and Jim Jones spokes out after Mr Hunt saw his garden wall destroyed and the car written off while parked outside his home, in the fifth incident in as many years.

Now North Yorkshire County Council have said the problem is not severe enough to warrant traffic calming measures on the street.

A council spokesman said that with only one “slight personal injury accident” recorded since 2009 and funding cuts for roads in the county, the street is not a priority.

He added: “Funding for highway improvement schemes is extremely limited following the budget cuts implemented in the last two years as a result of the national squeeze on public sector funding. The County Council has prioritised highway maintenance schemes to try and ensure that we keep the network in the best condition possible with the funding available.”

But Mr Hunt said he is disappointed with the response and worries for the safety of his own children and pupils from nearby Ripon Grammar, Outwood Academy and Holy Trinity schools. He said: “Nothing has changed. It will take a death or a serious injury for them to do anything.”