RESIDENTS of two Cheshire villages campaigning to highlight the dangers of road safety have the opposition well and truly stuffed.

The campaign to raise awareness of speeding between the villages of Cranage and Allostock now has the help of specially-made scarecrows.

The small group of residents want to highlight the dangers, despite a petition signed by more than 100 people not yet leading to any action being taken by Cheshire East council.

David Dean, who is a resident of Cranage explained: “We are trying to get road safety measures improved on short stretches between Cranage and Allostock. 

“These are residential areas which have become cut-through’s for commuting traffic, sand wagons from our newly established sand quarry, and in the evenings and weekends, joy riders travelling at unsafe speeds. 

“The roads have no pavements but it is a popular area for walkers and joggers, and the local school bus picks up and drops off here without a safe lay-by or children’s crossing point.”

The residents have made several attempts to lobby Cheshire East Council to take action about the roads.

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The specially made scarecrows will feature in a competition this weekend

Mr Dean went on: “Despite a petition signed by 125 people (some 90 per cent of residents), support of both Parish Councils and support of both local MPs, they have decided again to refuse any action.

“To raise the profile and attempt to get the council to reconsider, the residents are holding a scarecrow competition on Saturday, June 12 with an underlying theme of road safety. 

“We have some 15 entrants to date and have secured the attendance of the newly elected Cheshire Police Crime Commissioner, John Dwyer to lead the judging and present prizes. 

“We will also be inviting Esther McVey MP and Fiona Bruce MP to attend.”
The scarecrows, which are on display at the roadside, include a a horse rider and an Australian warning drivers to ‘chill out and calm down’.

“It is likely that the prize-giving will take place at the Three Greyhounds Inn,” Mr Dean added.

“Judging is due to start at 2pm so the prize-giving is likely to occur about 3pm.”

Cheshire East Council have been approached for comment.

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