Sleeping policemen could face the sack

Speed bumps on Sandy Lane, Hindley
Speed bumps on Sandy Lane, Hindley

CONTROVERSIAL speed cushions blamed for foundation damage to homes are being reviewed.

The future of the pair of sleeping policemen on Hindley’s Sandy Lane – which will be debated by the Regulation Committee later today – may now face being ripped up after a long campaign from residents and ward councillors.

Wigan’s Dump the Hump and motorists’ campaigner Dave Culshaw hailed news of the end potential end for the controversial structures.

He said: “They were ill-conceived in the first place without inadequate local consultation. The science hasn’t been done properly on them because they can cause damage to the foundations of houses which find themselves on either side of them.

“The people who bomb around in motorcars disregarding the law are tear aways anyway and no amount of traffic calming will nail these irresponsible people because that is a police matter.”

Hindley Independent councillor Jim Ellis said that resident’s wishes in an initial consultation – when they had backed rumble strips rather than road humps – had been ignored. When he had challenged accident figures for Sandy Lane on their behalf, it was revealed, he claims, that the council’s interpretation of the statistics was “badly flawed.”

A long campaign ended with the Local Government Ombudsman finding in their favour that the make-up of the ground strata under the humps was transmitting vibrations to nearby homes causing alleged structural damage and general disturbance because it was “like a sandwich with jelly in the middle.”

Railings were erected on either side of the humps to stop people parking because this was forcing people out in the centre of the road with the potential for a serious accident.

He said: “The residents have continued to suffer from the vibrations and the only answer is for them to be removed while replacing them with a chicane could provide a possible solution.”

Hindley Labour councillor Jim Churton is also backing the calls for them to be flattened.

He said: “Residents have been campaigning to get these speed humps removed for over five years.

“I have tried to help them but we were up against a seemingly immovable object.

“I admire the way they have persisted in politely and firmly putting their case over and am delighted they seem to be at the point of victory.”