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CALMING MEASURES PROVOKE ANYTHING BUT

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A contributor to the Daily Mail (p8) tells a tale about 'wretched' road humps which Richmond-Upon-Thames LBC instal...
A contributor to the Daily Mail (p8) tells a tale about 'wretched' road humps which Richmond-Upon-Thames LBC installed in her 'lovely leafy road, full of pleasant mock Tudor houses'.

At first, local residents welcomed the prospect of traffic calming measures, but soon their presence provoked 'what amounted to a civic rebellion' turning a 'quiet, residential, Tory-voting area into a hotbed of political protest.'

Apparently, the road humps encouraged 38-ton lorries, racing students, and other motorists to drive over them at speed causing houses to vibrate and shake. Vehicles hit bumps and spilt fuel, and those that did slow down caused queues spilling into the atmosphere.

Nobody from the council would come and see the problem for themselves, says the author.

Happily, after 10-months of petitions and marches, and the intervention of local Tory MP Toby Jessel, the government said they would not only encourage the council to remove the humps but would also approve the building of a relief road.

The council has now removed the humps, but the author warns Daily Mail readers menacingly:

'This is one small story. But similar things are happening all over Britain. It's not just a question of humps, but of too many councils throwing their weight around because they are arrogantly convinced they know best.'

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