The 26-year-old mother, who is 35 weeks pregnant with her second son, is now scared for the safety of four-year-old Mason, who starts school at Shottery St Andrew’s CE Primary in September.

“The traffic is just horrendous, the speed with which people go down that road, they’re doing at least 40 or 50 mph and none of them slow down,” she said.

Church Lane connects the Alcester Road to Shottery, and is increasingly being used as a rat-run since new traffic lights were installed on Alcester Road.

“They come whizzing around the corner,” said Samantha, who works at Stratford Leisure Centre.

“I don’t think the fact that it’s busy slows them down at all,” she added.

Having lived on the Birmingham Road in Stratford-upon-Avon, and New Road in Henley-in-Arden, Samantha moved to Shottery in February.

“We moved here because we thought it was a nice area, a safer area, it’s turned out to be the exact opposite,” she sighed.

Her concerns are shared by neighbour and friend, Kayleigh Stiff.

The 28-year-old, who works at NFU Mutual, is scared to come home after work because of the abuse she gets from impatient motorists speeding through Shottery.

“I signal to reverse on to my drive and every time I get people beeping and shouting at me,” said Ms Stiff, who lives opposite St Andrew’s Church.

“I hate going home now, I usually just drive to my boyfriend’s after work.”

Her sister’s fiancé was even overtaken on the 30mph residential road by two cars racing down it.

She’s emailed the county council, who said speeding was the police’s responsibility.

Two months ago the police told residents they’d look into it. Nothing’s changed.

“I’m just going round in circles, someone needs to take charge of it,” she said.

Residents want speed bumps installed on both Church Lane and other roads in Shottery.

However, Warwickshire County Council said: “No funding is currently in place to address community speeding concerns unless a particular area has high numbers of injury accidents (normally six or more recorded crashes in a three year period).”

This article first appeared in the paper on Thursday 17th July.