MP Survey Finds 76% with Concerns Over Speeding
Local Stirling MP Alyn Smith has backed efforts to improve road safety in Thornhill, after a survey of residents found three-quarters of respondents remained concerned with speeding in their community.
Stirling Council officials have been working closely with the local Community Council and others to measure road usage and improve the pedestrian and driver experience. Mr Smith’s survey findings highlight the importance of the issue to the community, and the need to continue exploring options to improve safety on local roads.
The survey gathered 163 responses in total. Key findings include:
- 76% of respondents are concerned about speeding in Thornhill (with 54% stating they are extremely concerned).
- 73% of respondents believe there is a need for additional speed calming measures
- Half of respondents stated they do not feel safe when walking in Thornhill.
- 77% of respondents support the installation of better traffic calming measures.
- 65% highlighted Main Street as particularly problematic: speeding, large numbers of heavy goods vehicles using the road, a feeling that current speed calming measures are ineffective, and inappropriate street design for the size of such vehicles were all highlighted – vehicles regularly mount pavements, for example.
Some suggestions for further measures included: Speed cameras, speed bumps, reducing car dependency through active travel measures, pavement changes or a potential bypass for heavy vehicles.
Stirling MP Alyn Smith said:
‘What’s clear from this survey is the strength of feeling local Thornhill residents have about road safety in their community. I recognise the work Stirling Council have carried out so far, but these findings make clear – more action is required for people to feel safe in their village.
I commend the Community Council for engaging the neighbourhood on this matter too, and the power of work they’re undertaking to gather evidence and engage with Stirling Council officials. I hope these survey findings can help push the debate along, and bring about further improvements to keep Thornhill safe and accessible for all. I have shared these survey findings with Council Leader Chris Kane, and await a further response from Stirling Council.’
Attached is a report summarising the survey results, and Mr Smith’s letter to Cllr Chris Kane