Sign of the times

PUBLISHED: 02:56 14 December 2006 | UPDATED: 10:20 24 May 2010

COMMUNITY campaigners in a Somerset town have had eggs thrown at their homes - for simply trying to clamp down on nuisance motorists. The Axbridge Action Group has had three community Speedwatch signs made, urging drivers to slow down, but there are no po

COMMUNITY campaigners in a Somerset town have had eggs thrown at their homes - for simply trying to clamp down on nuisance motorists.The Axbridge Action Group has had three community Speedwatch signs made, urging drivers to slow down, but there are no poles to attach them to.A resident who put one of the signs in her window has suffered a backlash from people throwing eggs at the house.Parking is also an ongoing problem in the town, particularly in The Square. The action group's latest venture is making stickers to put on illegally parked cars as a polite warning. The stickers read: "This is a restricted area."Members of the group are also asking for help from the town's new Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) Julie Lewis.At the group's annual general meeting, residents once again voiced their concerns about parking and speeding in the town.One resident said: "It's going to take a child being knocked over for it to change."Action group worker Annabel Hackney said: "People just knowing the area is being monitored will definitely help and may make them more aware to not park illegally."The group is also hoping that police monitoring will make the 20mph zones, especially on Houlgate Way, safer because people regularly ignore the speed limit.The campaign has also got the backing of Sedgemoor district councillor Julie Cooper. She said: "We could prioritise certain areas where people tend to park illegally and then the police could monitor those areas."Axbridge's mayor, Baz Hamblin, added: "It is a problem, especially near the doctor's surgery on Houlgate Way where people park really close to the blind corners."The action group also raised concerns about people blocking the bus route through The Square and says the disabled parking bay is not very well marked. Chairman of the action group, Peter Harding, said: "The first stage is to have a traffic survey done, which costs about £1,000, so we know what improvements can be made to parking spaces and we are asking Somerset County Council if it will support us.

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