Lockleaze residents are set to hold a ‘Grand Prix’ themed protest against speeding in their suburb. Their campaign for a ‘Speed Free Lockleaze’ has been held alongside community union Acorn since December 2020.
People living in the neighbourhood have complained of the ‘scary’ speeding they have had to contend with and have reported regular law-breaking by motorists. But they now say they have organised a meeting with Bristol City Council transport chief Don Alexander to solve the issue, after they accused him of ignoring their earlier requests – an accusation he disputes.
A day of speeding-themed activities will now be held in the suburb on April 30 to continue to raise awareness for their campaign. A spokesperson for the group said: “ACORN has been campaigning for a Speed-Free Lockleaze safer for pedestrians, cyclists and kids.
“We all know it’s like a race track on these roads, so we thought we’d make our own. Join us and show the Council we won’t put up with dangerous driving on our roads!”
It will happen from 11am until 1pm on Gainsborough Square, and will involve games, races and crafts. Don Alexander was reportedly unable to attend after being invited but will meet with Acorn Lockleaze committee members on another date to discuss the campaign.
Lockleaze locals previously told Bristol Live that they invited Cllr Alexander to a meeting in March 2022 after he allegedly promised them one when he met them at City Hall in September 2021. The group says they gave him a deadline of March 18 to respond, but he did not reply to them.
However, Don Alexander said at the time that he was “very busy” and that measures to solve speeding problems can take years rather than months and weeks.
“I’ve taken on board what they said to me but given the timeline of transport projects, there’s nothing new to say to them given transport projects tend to take years rather than weeks and months. Coming to see me again would do nothing to add to it,” he said.