A FRUSTRATED resident is calling to have a “ludicrous” speed limited lowered on a dangerous stretch of road.

Fears someone could be killed on Heath Road were raised by resident Anne Robinson at Mistley Parish Council’s meeting on Monday.

She called for the speed limit to be reduced from 40mph to 30mph to make it safer and raised concerns about extra traffic from an expected new development of 135 homes and allotments off nearby Harwich Road.

She said: “That road is not safe. There are horse riders, cyclists, children running across the road off to football and walkers and hikers using it.”

Mrs Robinson said she has contacted Tendring Local Highways Panel, Mistley Parish Council and Tendring and Essex county councillor for Mistley Carlo Guglielmi about the issue.

She added: “It is not just about reducing the speed limit, it is about making it safer and putting in some proper signage at the approach to Heath Road.” If there is a fatality I will know who to hold personally responsible.

“I am not going to give up because if a child dies, or if there are horses and there is an accident, it is not going to be pretty.”

Martin Rayner, Mistley Parish Council chairman, said the council is considering a petition to the Tendring Local Highways Panel to discuss the speed limit.

Mr Guglielmi said there will be a chance to discuss the issue and request a speed survey at a Tendring Local Highways Panel on December 7.

An Essex Highways spokesman said: “This issue is under consideration by local parish and county councillors for the area.

“Local road safety improvements would be agreed and funded by the Tendring Local Highways Panel, following representation from a local county councillor.”