Willesden residents vow to take their own action over road bumps issue
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Furious residents in Willesden have vowed to take matters into their own hands after claiming a councillor laughed about their concerns over speed bumps in their area.
Cllr Jim Moher, Brent Council’s lead member for highways and transportation, allegedly could not contain his laughter when told of Donnington Road residents’ unease over the newly installed traffic control measure.
Cllr Carol Shaw, Conservative councillor for Brondesbury, who has lobbied the council on behalf of the disgruntled residents, said: “What ever action my patient residents in Donnington Road take, as long as it is not against the law, I will support as the lead transport councillor sneered and scoffed at the issue.”
“I cannot be responsible for what happens now.”
John Pambakian, who lives on Donnington Road, said they are intent on dealing with the issue with or with the council’s backing by making the road narrower using makeshift barriers, to force lorry drivers to reduce their speed.
He added: “The council laughed at our complaints so what else are we supposed to do?
“This is the only way they will listen to our concerns.”
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The council came under fire when the wrong sized speed bumps were installed on the Willesden road.
Angry residents complained of excessive noise and “shockwaves” caused when lorries speed raced over the humps.
Council chiefs admitted the blunder and spent £15,000 of taxpayers’ money rectify the problem.
However, they claim the new humps have done little to solve the issue and have “plagued” the lives of locals.
“Instead of solving the problem they have made things worse”, said Mr Pambakian,
Cllr Moher vehemently denies the allegations saying the accusation is “characteristic” of Cllr Shaw.
He added: “I treated the matter sympathetically, cautiously and professionally and one of her colleagues in the Brondesbury Park ward can support this.
“I am quite happy to talk to the residents but not to Carol Shaw and the other councillor in Brondesbury Park to deal with the issue.”