A campaign for a speed reduction sign to be installed outside a livery yard has been overturned by a local council.
Nicola Cook, yard manager of Cleadon Village Stables, had asked South Tyneside Council for a speed reduction sign on the road outside her yard, which is located on a blind bend.
The yard, also home to a working farm, has many riders who have to take their horses onto the road in order to hack out. Working farm vehicles also frequently negotiate turning out onto the road, transporting cattle, hay and straw.
Despite the road having a 30mph limit, Nicola says that many drivers often go much faster than this around the bend and had asked her council to consider installing a flashing speed limit sign.
She said: “It’s becoming a big problem at our yard, and drivers seem to come flying round the corner at speeds much higher than 30mph.
“If we want to hack out, we have to either cross the road near the bend, or walk further up and negotiate a busy junction.
“It’s quite obvious that people are exceeding the speed limit and we really wanted a sign on the blind bend to make people consider how fast they’re going.
“I just want it to be safer for horse riders. We all wear high-vis, but I still fear it won’t be long until we have a serious accident outside the yard.”
Despite the concerns raised by Nicola, South Tyneside Council stated that they didn’t have the funding in place to provide the additional safety measures.
Speaking to Your Horse, a spokesperson for the Council said: “The speed limit at this location is 30mph. We are aware of the concerns of local people and have looked into the possibility of putting up flashing speed limit signs. However, due to unprecedented funding cuts from central government, we did not have the resources to put any additional measures in place.
"However, we would appeal to drivers to abide by the 30mph limit in force outside the farm."