An independent traffic survey, crowd funded by Saughall Massie residents, has revealed more than 222,000 vehicles passed the site of the proposed Fire Station in a two week period. The top speeds of vehicles were recorded at between 81 and 120 miles per hour on Saughall Massie Road.
The Town Hall had previously refused requests by local councillors for a traffic survey and so, with donations from residents, councillors raised the £400 themselves.
Councillor Bruce Berry said: “Thank you to those residents who donated towards the cost of this survey – the results show that it has been money well spent.
“With more than 222,000 cars and lorries on this road, travelling at speeds of more than 81 miles per hour, this is yet more evidence that the green belt at Saughall Massie is the wrong location for a fire station.
“The fire engines would not only have to compete with this number of vehicles, they would also have to navigate the narrow, winding lanes towards Hoylake, Meols and West Kirby in the event of an emergency.”
Les Spencer, Chairman of the Saughall Massie Village Area Conservation Society, added: “A development of this size, in our precious Green Belt and next to our historic Conservation Area is the last place the Fire Authority should be looking at. We know this was their third choice and, if anything, it’s their worst choice.”