Homeowners have been left furious after a Labour-run local council blew nearly £500 on eight ‘pointless’ 20mph signs in a tiny cul-de-sac.
Residents slammed Waltham Forest Council in east London for the ‘waste of money’ that made the single-lane road look like a ‘racetrack’.
They blasted councillors for prioritising the paint job when there are cracks and potholes strewn across the street.
But the council’s deputy leader claimed the drastic measures will ‘make sure all road users can travel safely and confidently’.
Homeowners have been left furious after a Labour-run local council blew nearly £500 on eight ‘pointless’ 20mph signs in a tiny cul-de-sac
Residents slammed Waltham Forest Council in east London for the ‘waste of money’ that made the road look like a ‘racetrack’
Locals were shocked to find the eight 20mph signs had been splattered across Hurst Close overnight on Wednesday.
The tiny cul-de-sac, shaped like an arrow, has two upon entering the street and six more dotted around in each direction of the narrow circular.
Workers are believed to have taken around 45 minutes to spray the huge symbols and residents said they were not consulted.
Paul Grossett, who has lived on the cul-de-sac for four years, said: ‘It’s absolutely hideous, the road looks like a race track now.
‘The signs look cr*p and they’re going to devalue the properties. It’s complete overkill – they could’ve just put a small sign up, that’s all you need.’
Shopkeeper Amanda Smith, 60, said: ‘How fast can you go around a little close like this?
‘I don’t think you could go more than 20mph because there’s cars sticking out everywhere.
‘And the roads are absolutely terrible around here, they’re all cracking up and horrible – it’s quite hazardous.’
One resident, who asked not to be named, added: ‘I don’t think it’s particularly necessary to be honest – it’s just spending money for the sake of spending money.
‘It’s always been the case that the council needs to use up their budget, whether it’s necessary or not.
‘I just can’t see the point of the signs. The people that live here are more than conscious of the speed limit – nobody abuses that.’
The council’s deputy leader claimed the drastic measures will ‘make sure all road users can travel safely and confidently’
They blasted councillors for prioritising the paint job when there are cracks and potholes strewn across the street
Margaret Wisker, 79, who has lived on Hurst Close for more than 30 years, believes the council should be prioritising other issues.
She claimed she spent more than three years writing to ask them to replace the drains outside her house, which overflow and cause patches of ice in the winter.
She said: ‘I’ve sent so many letters in the last few years – they come down and have a look and then do nothing.
‘Me and my husband are not young, and he’s disabled, and we can walk out there and slip on the ice.
‘I’ve asked them so many times and I’m just ignored, and then they do something like this.’
Sheila Wallace, 67, said: ‘The potholes should’ve taken priority over the 20mph signs. It’s a bit of a waste of time and money putting them in a cul-de-sac like this.
‘They could’ve put one sign by the entrance to the cul-de-sac and that would be enough – it didn’t need so many.
‘They would’ve been better off doing something about the width of the road – cars and dustcarts struggle to get through because there’s vehicles parked either side of the road.’
She added: ‘They could’ve put some of that money towards putting in double yellow lines.’
Locals were shocked to find the eight 20mph signs had been splattered across Hurst Close overnight on Wednesday
Others claimed the signs were unnecessary because it is hard to do more than 10mph on the narrow road
Waltham Forest Council said the signs cost £60 each and claimed the size was matching government guidelines.
Deputy leader Cllr Clyde Loakes 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 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 least expensive option at £60 each.
‘Surface repairs are planned before April this year. We continue to make our neighbourhoods as safe as possible for the benefit of all residents and visitors.’
Source: Daily Mail UK