Axe speed bumps says Bridlington Town Council

Coun Cyril Marsburg pictured at the speed bump on Marshall Avenue.
Coun Cyril Marsburg pictured at the speed bump on Marshall Avenue.

LARGE speed bumps on Marshall Avenue should be removed, according to Bridlington Town Council.

Coun Cyril Marsburg, who lives on the street, proposed that a formal request be made for their removal at the full town council meeting held last Wednesday.

This comes after numerous incidents in which pedestrians have been caught out by the height of the bumps and fallen over them – and in some cases being seriously injured.

Coun Marsburg said at the meeting: “There have been more than 25 people trip over them.

“One time I remember an old lady was lying in the gutter and her head was pouring with blood.

“She politely asked for an ambulance, and had to be taken to hospital. I later found out she was 93.

“Do we have to wait until there is a fatality before something is done?”

The town council voted unanimously to request that East Riding of Yorkshire Council remove the speed bumps.

Coun Marsburg continued: “The kerbs there are granite and razor sharp. They puncture tyres so I can only imagine what damage they would do to someone’s head or face.

“There are businesses at either side of the road that people cross the road for.

“I see no good reason for them to be there. If they are not replaced, then I would go on to request that they are replaced by sleeping policemen.”

Coun Shelagh Finlay agreed with Coun Marsburg at the meeting, and said: “I will second that as people slow down on the corner anyway as it comes onto Chapel Street. I cannot see why they are there.”

Coun Marsburg has been campaigning for the speed bumps to be removed – or at least turned into longer, more gradual ‘sleeping policemen’ bumps – for several years.

In September Carole Hopkins, 54, ended up with a lump on her head and a bruised arm after falling over the speed bumps while out shopping.

“I was going to cross the road and was putting my glasses away and the next thing I knew I was sat in the middle of the road, “ said Carole, who was left shaken by the fall and attended Bridlington Hospital for a precautionary check up.

Carole is one of dozens of people who have been injured on the same spot.

East Riding of Yorkshire Council said it had painted white lines around the bumps after complaints in 2009, and has advised that shoppers cross the road in different places.