Drivers Pleaded to Slow Down when Entering Raunds after Frequent Damage to Car and Safety Concerns

Traci Robinson has asked to share a frustration regarding drivers entering Raunds from Stanwick too fast

“We live by the field [Amos Lawrence Park] on Stanwick Road – In The terraced houses in the main road.

We often have to park our car on the road outside of our house because we’ve got a disabled child as well as a newborn.

We have constantly been going out to our car to find our mirrors smashed in and broken off.

This morning, our driver side mirror was smashed off and completely destroyed.

People are driving into Raunds from Stanwick entirely too fast and have no regard for other people’s safety and vehicles.

We get harassed by people honking heir car horns as they pass our terrace – as there are no double yellow lines, we should be free to park outside our home to get our disable child to and from the car safely without worrying about people destroying our property.

It’s frustrating. People cope just fine having to slow down for parked cars in Stanwick. People don’t think that there’s obviously a reason we continue to park our car on the road.

We don’t love having mirrors smashed off- if we didn’t have s disabled 11.5 year old, we’d park away from the careless drivers”

19 thoughts on “Drivers Pleaded to Slow Down when Entering Raunds after Frequent Damage to Car and Safety Concerns

  • 8th December 2017 at 10:46 am
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    I understand your concern. That stretch of road is kind of a main route and people tend to go quite fast along there, but it is also a local road if you happen to live there. The parked cars do cause a bit of a bottle-neck, and ideally you would have off-road parking to avoid this. However, you haven’t and that’s the way it is. Drivers should deal with this, or any situation in a proper and safe manner.
    I think maybe you are over-thinking what people do to some extent, in that I don’t think drivers would consider ‘why’ a car is parked there, just that it is. In any case, that doesn’t matter, there’s no excuse for poor driving.
    Perhaps someone (not sure which authority is responsible) could out up one of those ‘slow down’ signs to at least encourage drivers to take a bit more care?

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  • 8th December 2017 at 10:55 am
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    Just looked at the NCC website, and it appears that they are responsible for roads such as we are discussing. Unfortunately I can’t see anything that says how you might ask for or suggest a sign be put up. Perhaps you could enquire?

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  • John Fryatt
    8th December 2017 at 10:58 am
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    I understand your concern. That stretch of road is kind of a main route and people tend to go quite fast along there, but it is also a local road if you happen to live there. The parked cars do cause a bit of a bottle-neck, and ideally you would have off-road parking to avoid this. However, you haven’t and that’s the way it is. Drivers should deal with this, or any situation in a proper and safe manner.
    I looked at the NCC website, and it appears that they are responsible for roads such as this. Unfortunately I can’t see anything that says how you might ask for or suggest a “slow down” sign be put up. Perhaps you could enquire?

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  • Debbie Chaplin
    8th December 2017 at 11:51 am
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    I drive down there every day… Unfortunately you are on the edge of the 40 MPH zone and people have not slowed enough before getting to your cars. The road has a slight curve there as well so you can’t see round any parked cars until your in the middle of the road… Perhaps folding your wing mirrors in may help, not ideal but would save you money in the long run…

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  • Dave Rowlands
    8th December 2017 at 12:20 pm
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    So sorry to hear about your disabled child ,don’t you think that you’d be fighting a losing battle against all the traffic that passes by your hse ,maybe a bit more thought should of gone into your housing needs ie PARKING , just a thought good luck with your request with all the motorist xxx

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    • John Fryatt
      8th December 2017 at 12:29 pm
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      I suppose some motorists will see this plea and take heed, but not everyone will be reached, and of those that are, not all will take notice anyway, sadly.

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  • Vicki Farr
    8th December 2017 at 7:11 pm
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    Parking is defiantly not the problem. If you live in a house with no parking space of your own but the road has no parking restrictions then you should park there. The problem is impatient people who should slow down and not push through and have more respect for other people’s cars

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    • Chopper Watts
      9th December 2017 at 2:08 am
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      It appears to be the sad reality of today’s society ,everyone rushing about impatiently and selfishly with no consideration for anything but what they want to do and getting where they want to be ??????

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  • John Fryatt
    8th December 2017 at 9:36 pm
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    Parking is a problem. However, it is not your fault that the problem exists.
    Also, I don’t think the absence of yellow lines necessarily means you ‘should’ park there. Regardless of yellow lines, everyone has a responsibility to do things safely.
    Vicki, I’m not blaming you though. In your position I’d probably want to park outside my house as well. Especially in your case because of your son, and also because there seems to be no reasonable alternative.
    This whole thing occurs all over (e.g. in Wellington Road the parked cars impede traffic flow a lot) and stems from older housing developments not allowing for cars as few people had them. Now, of course, they do.
    Ideally changes would be made, but it would be a big job and councils, or whoever, don’t have the money, not the inclination to knock down a few houses to make way for a car park.
    However, whichever way you look at it car drivers have to behave sensibly, and narrowly squeezing past parked cars and knocking their mirrors off is clearly not right.

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    • Vicki Farr
      8th December 2017 at 10:17 pm
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      Firstly I’m not the original poster although I agree with them, secondary people driving speeding or badly enough to do damage on any road is entirely the fault of the driver and thirdly if you think any council or individual is ever going to knock down a house to make a few ridiculously expensive parking spaces, you are insane

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    • John Fryatt
      8th December 2017 at 10:22 pm
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      Vicki Farr – I am not suggesting any houses would ever be knocked down to provide parking spaces. I am saying that that would not happen and therefore the current imperfect situation will remain and we have to deal with it.
      Also, I am fairly sure that I am not insane, and hope you are not accusing me of being so.

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  • Nichola Lack
    8th December 2017 at 10:29 pm
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    Always fast along that road. Although this week I encountered several school busses to manor going fast on bends and pulling out without looking near the school. People seem to be forgetting where they are.

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