CALLS for changes to reduce speed an East Staffordshire village have been put back into the spotlight after a resident wrote an open letter of how the situation is impacting their life.
Rangemore resident Jim Allan contacted the Mail after being handed the letter over the ‘lack of action’ by council chiefs over long-standing efforts to reduce speed in the village to 30mph.
He also revealed that he decided to come forward after Tatenhill Lane was blocked for several hours on Wednesday afternoon after a speeding vehicle had to brake so sharply, to avoid children being picked up from nearby All Saints Primary School, that it spilled brake fluid across the road.
The letter, handed to him by a villager who wants to remain anonymous, said: “When I first moved here in 2005, children used to play football on the street outside and you could hear cars and lorries coming from down the hill.
“The most traffic we had was when the tractors were harvesting and the school fete was on.
“Little did we know then that the councils in the area were planning to turn our beautiful quiet village into a rat run for the visitors to the football centre and the Lawns Farm development.
“We have to do something about the amount of traffic coming in and out of Tatenhill Parish before it is too late. I have to believe that it’s not too late.
“The reduction of the speed limit in Rangemore has not gone anywhere.
“So the truth is the traffic is getting worse and we as a community are trying to bring in a neighbourhood plan that won’t mean anything if we don’t do something soon about the amount, causes and diversion of traffic.
“We need to work out where and what we need to slow the traffic down and make it as hard as possible for people to use this road.
“We need to involve as many people to get this done.”