Labour councillors have pledged their support for a residents’ campaign to get urgent road safety measures in Chesterfield Road, EN5 following a serious accident last week involving a bus and an 8 year old boy. The residents are calling for the following road safety measures:
- a 20mph zone on Chesterfield Rd
- a zebra crossing on Chesterfield Rd and on Mays Lane
- improved youth facilities so children have somewhere safe to play
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The local councillors for Underhill ward joined residents at a protest on Saturday morning (21 June) at the junction of Bells Hill and Chesterfield Road, and have contacted council officers to arrange an urgent site-visit to discuss road safety measures at the site with the family of the boy and other local residents. The Underhill councillors have also started discussions with the council to try and secure regeneration funding for local youth facilities so children have somewhere safe to play.
Cllr Amy Trevethan said: "I and my fellow Labour councillors were saddened to hear of the incident last Tuesday involving a bus and a young boy on his bicycle.
“The incident has highlighted an urgent need for improved road safety measures in the area.
“I spoke to local residents during Saturday’s protest who told me that they would like to see a road crossing on Chesterfield Road and also on Mays Lane, a 20mph zone on Chesterfield Road and improved youth facilities to give children somewhere safe to play.
“As Labour Councillors we are fully behind these demands and fully support the residents' petition.
“We will also be putting pressure on the Council to invest in youth play areas and facilities, for example on the site of the now-forlorn Quinta Club.
“For too long the Tory-run Council has done nothing to address the lack of provision for young people in Underhill.
“We will be working hard with local residents to make sure children have safe and well-equipped areas in which to play."
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