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Tractors seen 'speeding' in village claim

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: August 02, 2014

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SPEEDING tractors are causing danger as they whiz through village streets, claim parish councillors.

Members of Overseal Parish Council have spoken out after receiving several complaints from about tractors seemingly speeding through Lullington Road and Woodville Road, often mounting kerbs because of parked cars and forcing other vehicles to do the same.

One parish councillor, Rachel O'Brien, asked PC William Crerar at the council's monthly meeting on Thursday if anything could be done to stop the problem.

Mrs O'Brien said: "Tractors using Lullington Road and Woodville Road are driving at speed. They are mounting kerbs. They are just whizzing through the village.

"Lullington Road is worse because it is completely blocked because of the parked cars on the road."

PC Crerar, who polices Overseal, Netherseal and Linton, said: "We will put out a message to Farm Watch to be aware. Obviously no one should be mounting kerbs."

Farm Watch is Derbyshire police's alert service aimed at combatting rural crime. The scheme sends either texts, emails and voicemail messages about criminal activity and offers advice on how to avoid becoming a victim of crime.

Another councillor said that sometimes, because of their size, the tractors seem to be going a lot quicker than they actually are.

Parish councillors also highlighted that other vehicles were having mounting pavements to allow traffic to pass because of cars being parked on the pavement.

PC Crerar said: "They shouldn't be parking cars on pavements but mounting a pavement can be misconstrued as dangerous driving because if I was a pedestrian and a car mounted the pavement near me I would think it dangerous."

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