RESIDENTS of Bisley Old Road and the surrounding streets held a socially-distanced protest to highlight the dangers of speeding.

The protest took place at the end of October with locals railing against speeding through the community.

Around 65 people attended the protest, which was designed to raise awareness of concerns about this speeding.

Residents stood in socially distanced groups and held up home-made banners and placards along the 20mph section of the road to highlight the community’s desire for a safer street.

Bisley Old Road has witnessed many serious incidents over the years.

County Councillor Eva Ward, who lives nearby, said: “There are around 200 households in this section of Bisley Old Road and adjoining roads such as Clare Court, Middle Hill, Mount Pleasant and Nouncells Cross. That is a substantial number of people and they deserve to feel safe when using the road.”

Dan Tiffney, local highways manager for Gloucestershire County Council, said: “We know speeding is a concern to residents and we have been meeting regularly with the local county councillor and the town council about this issue.

"Flashing vehicle activated signs and ‘20 is plenty’ signs have already been installed and more signage is being considered in the future. We will continue to work with the community to support them on this issue."

A spokeswoman for Gloucestershire police said: "Officers from the Stroud Neighbourhood Policing Team frequently attend Bisley Old Road and were there on Tuesday, November 10, enforcing speed limits alongside members of the community.

"This is planned to continue so that we can provide the best support and reassurance to the people that live there after concerns were raised about speeding in the area

"Members of the community have recently received training to enable them to set up a Community Speed Watch and PCSO Upton and PCSO Patel from Stroud and Dursley Neighbourhood Policing Team will continue to work with them both in providing a visible deterrent and in identifying those intent on driving in excess of the speed limit.

"Safe and social roads is also a priority of the Police and Crime Plan and more speed enforcement operations are planned in the area throughout this month."