London residents furious after ‘useless council’ paints new 20mph signs on roads filled with cracks and potholes

London residents furious after ‘useless council’ paints new 20mph signs on roads filled with cracks and potholes

East London residents are outraged in one London Borough after a local council ‘wasted money’ overnight – painting speed limit signs on the road where they are ‘not needed’.

Waltham Forest Council have painted several 20mph signs on residential roads in a bid to make drivers more wary on the Borough’s streets.

The council’s actions appear to have backfired, however, with many residents saying the signs are a ‘waste of money’, with others pointing out that it is impossible to travel above that speed anyway.

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Yesterday morning (January 11), residents say the council painted eight 20mph signs on the road with white spray paint on Hurst Close, similar to those on nearby Marmion Close and Cherrydown Close.

Posting a picture of the cracks on the road on Hurst Close, Alex Stichbury said: “Definitely a priority to paint the speed limit on the floor instead of fixing potholes!”

Elizabeth Bragoli Tsakopiakos added: “Marmion Close they have done the same, loads of them and they are huge. The road surface is terrible and cracked which should have been resurfaced three years ago but was cancelled – yet they waste money on these pointless signs.”

Tracey Moore chimed in: “Other than the fact you can’t do more than 10mph in the close, they have painted a total of eight of them in a tiny cul-de-sac. Money could be spent better elsewhere.”

Wright Occasion said: “Absolutely ridiculous waste of money! Get the potholes sorted!”

Andy Poullais chimed in: “LBWF are so useless. They waste so much money. Obviously they are getting quite a lot from all these building proposals they plan to ruin Chingford with.”

Phil Saville said: “Next it will be cameras enforcing 20mph. More revenue for the corrupt council.”

Sam Burgess added: “You can’t do more than 10mph in there because it’s so tight.”

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Cllr Clyde Loakes, deputy leader and cabinet member for the environment, said: “Waltham Forest Council is coming to the end of its programme of works to ensure that all residential roads over which the council has jurisdiction have a maximum 20 mph speed limit.

“These works in Chingford will help make sure that all road users can travel safely and confidently across the borough – not least pedestrians and cyclists, our most vulnerable of road users.

“Waltham Forest Council is obligated to comply with strict regulations on the size, shape and spacing of traffic calming measures, based on DfT guidance and designs. Road marking roundels are the least intrusive and least expensive option at approximately £60 each.”

“All roads in the borough are inspected three times a year and are repaired by order of priority – the most serious issues on the busiest of roads will always be addressed first. Any reports of potholes received from members of the public are inspected by our highways team so that any necessary problems can be added to the repairs programme.

“Surface repairs were made in Hurst Close in late 2021, and resurfacing works in parts of Marmion Close are planned before April this year. We continue to make our neighbourhoods as safe as possible for the benefit of all residents and visitors.”

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