Plans for traffic calming in Hadleigh Road, Leigh

Councillors are to consider whether to implement a series of traffic calming measures on a road close to the seafront.

The traffic calming plans could include the introduction of speed humps on Hadleigh Road in Leigh, as well as a raised zebra crossing and a new coach bay outside St Michael’s School.

Nearby roads that connect with Hadleigh Road could also be changed, with two speed humps being introduced on Western Road and single speed humps being placed on Salisbury Road and Burnham Road.

It is hoped that the changes will not only slow speeding traffic on Hadleigh Road, but also the adjoining roads. An initial plan to only add traffic calming to Hadleigh Road was rejected in June after Lib Dem Councillor Beth Hooper successfully argued that it would not fully mitigate the problem.

Lib Dem leader, Councillor Carole Mulroney, said she worked alongside Ms Hooper in campaigning for the improvements.

“The issue of Hadleigh and the other roads has been a continuing one,” said Mrs Mulroney.

“We had complaints regarding speeding in Hadleigh Road and were pressing for some action. This also raised a knock-on effect regarding Western Road which also has speeding problems. Proposals were put forward earlier this year just for Hadleigh Road and Cllr Beth Hooper made the case that it had to be a package of measures otherwise it was just pushing the problem elsewhere.

“The matter was deferred to the forthcoming meeting and officers have been working to come up with a scheme which now covers the roads in a comprehensive manner.

“The issue of the school crossing has been around also for a while and it seemed appropriate that whilst the road was being looked at that this was dealt with as well. We know that there have been some incidents with traffic at this point in the road and at the end of the day it is the safety of the children and parents that is important.”

The changes will be discussed by Southend’s traffic regulations working party on Thursday and if members agree they should be implemented a public consultation will be held with the responses helping to shape how the final plans will be implemented.

Steve Shaw

Local Democracy Reporter