A Norfolk MP has backed a campaign to help reduce speeding in a quaint market town.

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People living in Watton Road, Hingham, claim they have been plagued by speeding drivers for years and now they are calling for a lower speed limit to be introduced.

Mid-Norfolk MP George Freeman has pledged to support the campaign and is calling for county and district councillors to visit the site and take action.

He said: “Speeding through our villages and small market towns like Hingham has become a growing problem over recent years, and we need to tackle it before there is a really serious accident.

“For pedestrians, especially pensioners, mums with buggies or toddlers, and children walking to the school bus or playing fields, ever faster and heavier traffic makes the roads increasingly dangerous.

“For a thriving community, we need to make it easier and safer for people to get out and about, and help get more people out of cars for short local journeys. Working with county councillor Margaret Dewsbury and district councillor Yvonne Bendle, I am requesting a site visit with Norfolk Highways to see what can be done.”

The motion is being led by 20-year-old Daisy Thomas, whose parents successfully campaigned to get the limit on the B1108 reduced from 60mph to 50mph.

Evelyn Soanes, who has lived in Watton Road for 45 years, said the speeding traffic meant she could not take her grandchildren out for walks.

“Speeding has always been a problem along this road and it’s getting worse – it’s a dangerous road.

“I would like to see the speed limit lowered to 40mph – or maybe even 30mph – and I would like to see a footpath.”

Richard Mihalop, who owns P&D Tank Services, in Watton Road, said: “My biggest fear, as a grandparent, is that something will happen. My grandchild is in a car which is pulling out on to that road every day.

“The logical solution would be for the 30mph speed limit to continue from the town through to the other side.

“Prevention is better than cure and we have been very lucky so far.”

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House, Rouen Road, Norwich, NR1 1RE or email EDPLetters@archant.co.uk

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