Muthill residents are fed up with motorists failing to follow speed restrictions throughout their village.
They feel they are banging their heads against a brick wall in their efforts to find a solution to the problem.
A traffic survey was carried out in August by Perth and Kinross Council with results as residents expected but Ailsa Mooney of Muthill Community Futures Traffic Group says they have been told nothing can be done about the problem.
She said: “The results of the survey taken at the Barley Bree were quite positive. There were only a handful of speeding incidences throughout the week, although there were three vehicles recorded at 40 to 45mph.”
“This may lead us back to questioning the council further about the validity of a 20mph zone throughout the village. We have been informed that the traffic needs to be going ‘slowly enough’ to implement a 20mph zone.
“The results at the other end of the village, however, are much worse and clearly worse than the previous survey, which was undertaken in bad weather in 2011.
“On all days between 16th and 22nd August the percentage of speeding vehicles is either 42% or 43%. Bearing in mind that many vehicles are turning into/leaving the petrol station or slowing down to turn up into Lintibert Road, this figure is probably much higher in reality.
“On the 16th August, two cars were even recorded at between 60 and 65mph (in a 30mph zone). Ninety-four also on 16th August were recorded at speeding 10mph and upwards of the speed limit. These figures will hopefully be of interest to the police as they possibly concern dangerous driving not just speeding.”
Residents are frustrated that despite the results of the survey, practical help is not forthcoming from the relevant bodies.
Ailsa added: “Last year, there was an unsuccessful attempt by Roseanna Cunningham’s office to organise a meeting with PKC, the Police, SSE, Muthill Primary School and us to look further into this matter.
“This meeting was to be chaired by Councillor Tom Gray.
“I have approached Councillor Gray since then to try to attempt another meeting.
“He wrote to inform me that a review of speeding in the area was being undertaken by the police and that he wished to wait until that had been done before proceeding with further action. I have had no further contact with him.”
Local MSP Roseanna Cunningham said: “I am very aware of the concerns that have been expressed by some folk in Muthill regarding the speed of traffic through the village and I have been involved in arranging meetings with the council and others to discuss the situation.
“Improving road safety is a high priority for me in Muthill and elsewhere in my constituency but it needs to be acknowledged that reducing speed limits are not always the best way to achieve that.
“I remain to be convinced that the situation meets the requirements of the guidance on 20mph zones and perhaps, in the first instance, efforts should be focussed on improving compliance with the 30mph limit currently in place.”