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Kids Corner- Reduce speed Limit on B1188

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A NURSERY owner campaigning to get the speed limit reduced outside her business says it is only a matter of time before a child is hit. Annie Smith, owner of Kids' Corner Day Nursery in Metheringham, is calling for the 50mph speed limit to be reduced in Sleaford Road outside her premises. ​SPEED TRAP: Parents and workers at Kids' Corner Nursery in Metheringham are calling for the speed limit to be reduced on the busy Sleaford Road. Pictures: Rich Linley ​SAFETY FIRST: Kids' Corner manager Charlene Smith leading parents and children along the footpath to the nursery. ••..Mrs Smith said that if a speed restriction was not possible, better safety measures should be installed along the route. She said: "There have been so many near misses. I know they haven't had an injury yet, but surely it is better to prevent that happening than just sit and wait. "I have told them it is only a matter of time before a child gets hit. "Schools all over the country have those speed restricted zones that operate in opening hours. I think it should be 40mph at the most. Cars are just going too quickly and we have parents walking to the nursery. "We have had clients who have had their cars hit as they slow to turn in to our drive. "We're doing all we can. I wanted to put up my own signs but thought I might get fined. "I also said that if the council would provide the official signs, I would pay for them, but they said no. "I know there are budget issues, but they can't put a price on a child's life can they?" Lincolnshire County Council said that the road would be part of a wider review of speed limits around the county. Alan Brown, highways area manager at the council, said: "The concerns of Mrs Smith have been raised with Lincolnshire County Council and the issue of vehicle speeds generally on the B1188 is to be the subject of a forthcoming meeting with all relevant parish councils, the county council and the Road Safety Partnership. "In addition, the Metheringham section is due to have its existing speed limits reviewed as part of a countywide ongoing review of all A and B road limits, which should be completed within the next two months. "Fortunately, the accident records for the B1188 in the vicinity of the nursery confirm that there is no history of injury accidents and therefore, the area has not been the focus of attention for the Road Safety Partnership to date. "The speed limit review includes speed data gathering and these investigations will confirm the extent of any speeding problem that may exist. "The county council will continue to liaise with the parish council as it continues with the appraisal of the area." Mum Stephanie Hobson, whose 2-year-old daughter, Jessie-Anne, goes to Kids' Corner, said: "I think the speed limit has to be restricted around there. "When you're turning you feel pressure to go more quickly than you should because of the speed of the vehicles behind you. "The other day, a van had to swerve on to the other side of the road to avoid hitting me. "I think the fact that it's outside a nursery makes it even more worrying. I witnessed one incident when a van went into the back of a car driven by one of the dads with his two children in the back."

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