Several cars in South Yorkshire neighbourhood 'written off' by speeding drivers, say residents

Hundreds of people in South Yorkshire are calling for a speed camera in their neighbourhood after claims that several cars were written off on one street.

The petition was presented at a council meeting by Kurtis Crossland

More than 420 residents around Mosborough High Street have signed a petition but Sheffield Council says there has been an “unprecedented increase” in requests for cameras around the city and it may be some time before any enforcement happens.

The petition was presented at a council meeting by Kurtis Crossland, a Liberal Democrat candidate in the local elections.

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He said: “A resident who lives on Mosborough High Street had three parked cars written off because of speeding cars crashing into them. Another resident on High Street had four parked cars written off because of speeding cars.

“We’ve seen two accidents just within the last few weeks in Mosborough, something does need to be done to tackle speeding. Let’s listen to locals, get the traffic experts looking into Mosborough and let’s find solutions.”

Coun Julie Grocutt, Cabinet member for transport, said cameras were managed by South Yorkshire Police and the South Yorkshire Safety Camera Partnership rather than the council.

She said: “As a retired police officer I understand only too well the difficulties and dangers that road safety presents. My understanding is although fixed cameras are an effective solution, the process of installing one takes a long time and is very expensive.

“The request made by the petitioners has been forwarded to the Partnership for its attention and residents can contact their local area committee, once established in May, requesting they work with the Partnership and the police to look at how this situations can be resolved.

“However, there has been an unprecedented increase in such requests and it may be some time before mobile enforcement occurs in Mosborough.”

Coun Grocott said she had asked police to consider Mosborough for Community Speed Watch, where volunteers and police monitor vehicles using handheld speed detection devices.

Drivers going too fast are sent an advisory letter from police. The initiative was paused during Covid but it will restart once the restrictions are lifted.