United plea for speed humps in Sunflower Drive, Claremont Meadows

Safe as houses? Sunflower Drive residents Jodie Styles, with her four-month-old daughter Zoey, and Julie Evans, left, and her two children, Lindsay, 10, and Georgia, 13, are concerned about speedy traffic in their street. Picture: Gary WarrickTHE people who live in Sunflower Drive, Claremont Meadows, fear that a speeding car may kill someone some day.
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Vehicles have also smashed fences and letterboxes — even a car parked in a driveway — along the street.

Residents say that Sunflower Drive tempts motorists to drive recklessly because it is a long and winding road.

“A lot of drivers don’t anticipate a sharp bend up ahead,” Julie Evans said.

“The only alternative is to have speed humps.”

The residents have organised a petition and a Facebook page calling for more speed humps and more warning signs.

“There should be more signs warning people to slow down — even signs saying there are children about,” Jodie Styles said.

Mrs Evans said children’s safety is a big concern.

There are two preschools and one school — Claremont Meadows Public — in Sunflower Drive.

Mrs Styles said there had been at least five car crashes in the street over the past year.

“I also know one neighbour who has gone through three letterboxes and had a car crash into his own driveway,” she said.

“I’ve been in touch with Penrith Council about this, but I haven’t heard anything back from them yet.”

A spokeswoman for Penrith Council said it received many requests about traffic safety and concerns and that it had recently investigated the conditions in Sunflower Drive.

“Investigations found that traffic generally keeps within the posted speed limits and the amount of traffic suitable for this type of street,” she said. “Roads and Maritime Services and Austroads’ criteria don’t allow for traffic calming devices in this instance.

“However, the council recognises that there are a few motorists who do not drive wisely or at legal speeds, so we have asked the police to patrol the area.”

Mrs Evans said she loved where she lived and liked her neighbours, but was considering moving.

“We like this area, but we want to have more peace,” she said.

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