Dewsbury MP takes Mirfield speed campaign to West Yorkshire Police Chief Constable

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An MP has taken a campaign about speeding drivers in Mirfield to West Yorkshire’s Chief Constable.

Residents in Mirfield set up an online petition calling for action over speeding in Hopton Lane.

Campaigners enlisted the support of Dewsbury and Mirfield Tory MP Mark Eastwood, who backed the petition and raised the issue with Chief Constable John Robins.

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Police say speeding during lockdown has increased throughout the UK and local officers have pledged to make Hopton one of the priorities for mobile speed checks.

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The petition, which now has almost 400 signatures, calls on the police to carry out speed checks and Kirklees Council to investigate traffic calming measures such as speed humps or cameras.

Martin Shaw, who set up the campaign with another local resident Adam Hepton, said: “The police have responded very quickly and have recognised how serious our concerns are.

“Hopton Lane is steep, winding and narrow with a pavement on just one side and even 30mph is often too fast.

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“No one really wants enforcement and fines, we’d rather drivers slowed down and considered their own safety and that of others.”

The campaign has also been backed by Mirfield’s three councillors Martyn Bolt, Vivien Lees-Hamilton and Kath Taylor.

Coun Lees-Hamilton is also in talks with nearby Upper Hopton Community Association about making the whole of Hopton a 20mph zone.

Mr Eastwood raised the issue of speeding in Hopton Lane in a virtual meeting with Mr Robins and West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Mark Burns-Williamson.

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Afterwards he issued a statement which says: “Many thanks to those people who have signed the petition, which I fully support and is also being backed by local Mirfield councillors.

“I have highlighted these concerns with the Chief Constable, John Robins, and the Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson.

“We have several speeding hotspots across the constituency, Hopton being one of them along with the main roads leading into Dewsbury, the ring road and the A637 in Flockton, where unfortunately a young mother tragically lost her life recently.

“It is vital the police use everything within their disposal to tackle these issues before we have another serious fatality, and I will continue to back campaigns within these hotspots and do whatever I can to ensure the safety of motorists and residents alike.”

To sign the petition go to https://www.change.org/HoptonLane