White Rock speed bumps ‘unnecessary’

NEW speed bumps outside the White Rock Cafe are completely unnecessary, the cafe and its regulars have said.

Nick Olliver, left, and Monty Waterman examine new speed humps outside the White Rock Cafe. (Picture by Peter Frankland, 28942082)
Nick Olliver, left, and Monty Waterman examine new speed humps outside the White Rock Cafe. (Picture by Peter Frankland, 28942082)

The new yellow bumps were installed on Sunday outside the cafe near North Beach. The area already had flower plants blocking most of the road, leaving a narrow gap for vehicles to pass through. Now the speed bumps have been installed just before the gap.

It is understood Guernsey Harbours has been working with Traffic & Highway Services on the project and these new bumps follow the installation of a speed bump at the model yacht pond a few weeks ago, with the aim of making the areas safer.

A Guernsey Ports spokesman said: ‘The traffic calming measures on St Julian’s Emplacement at St Peter Port Harbour have been recently installed prior to the zebra crossing near the Sark Shipping ticket office. These measures, and those in the future, are designed to promote the safety of all road users and curb the speed of all vehicles exiting the harbour. A speed hump to slow traffic down has already been installed just passed the viewing area car park near the Model Yacht Pond.

‘These measures will be monitored for their effectiveness by Guernsey Ports and any changes that may be required will be made.’

But the new bumps have not gone down well with its near neighbour, the White Rock Cafe.

A cafe spokesperson said they could not understand why the bumps had been installed and many of their customers agreed.

‘There has not been any problems,’ the spokesperson said. ‘There has never been an accident.’

They worried that the new bumps could cause an accident, as cyclists and scooter riders struggle to navigate them by going around or between them easily.

Nick Olliver and Monty Waterman are regulars at the cafe and were surprised to see the new additions outside.

‘There has never been any problems down here,’ Mr Olliver said.

‘There is no need for it. People see things coming and the road is one way.’

Mr Olliver added that he had seen goods vehicles going over the bumps and their goods rolling around and he was concerned goods would be shaken up or fall off.

Mr Waterman worked at the docks for 30 years. ‘I’ve never seen an accident here,’ he said.

‘This is crazy.’

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