ANGRY residents have launched a petition calling for traffic calming measures on their street.

People living in King George Street, Shotton say motorists use the road as a racetrack and many have had their garden walls and cars damaged by drivers losing control.

The residents have collected more than 100 signatures on a petition presented to Alyn and Deeside MP Mark Tami.

Mr Tami has now vowed to contact highways chiefs at Flintshire Council in an attempt to address their concerns. He said: “This is a long, wide, straight street, which enables drivers to gain speed along its length.

“Most of the incidents that have occurred in King George Street tend to be down to young, inexperienced drivers, who feel the need for speed and to show off to their friends.

“I have written to Flintshire Council to ask that it addresses this problem.”

Residents fear the problem will get worse when nearby Shotton Infants and Taliesin junior schools are merged into one building on the junior school site.

Mr Tami added: “The infants and junior schools are currently at either end of King George Street, but the ‘new-build’ will be on the site of the current junior school, which means that more traffic will drive the length of King George Street.”

Shotton councillor Dave Evans added: “I will raise this issue with Shotton Town Council and ask that it writes to Flintshire County Council, asking for traffic calming measures on King George Street.”