July 3, 2008
villagers back widow's campaign for road safety changes
Hundreds of residents from a village near Burnham-On-Sea are supporting
a widow's campaign for road safety changes following the tragic
death of her husband in a road accident earlier this year.
Ireland was knocked down on the A38 in Rooksbridge in January
and this week his wife Pat is at the forefront of a campaign to
get a safe crossing point to avoid more fatal accidents.
than 200 people from the village have already signed a petition
calling for a pelican crossing or refuge island to be built along
the road and an online version has this week been started here.
dozen residents will also cycle from the village to Somerset County
Council's headquarters in Taunton this Friday (July 4th) to put
pressure on councillors to take notice of their demands.
Residents also plan to launch a charity in memory of Mr Ireland
to raise the necessary funds to introduce the road changes.
Ireland told Burnham-On-Sea.com on Wednesday: "Although we
have a 30mph speed limit through the village, so many drivers
are behaving badly and foolishly speeding and overtaking."
a village divided by the A38, many residents need access to our
post office, garage and public house. Our biggest worry is for
the 15 to 20 children who have to cross this stretch of the A38
every weekday at 8am to catch the school bus. Under the circumstances,
pedestrians don't stand a chance."
have been told by County Hall in Taunton that a score-carding
of the road has not achieved a sufficiently high priority to be
included in their five year programme. The cost of delivering
a light-controlled crossing is between £120,000 and £150,000."
we would be expected to raise £90,000 of this amount as
all County Hall funds have been allocated until 2011."
added: "We have been score-carded as being in the low category,
even with a death. To reach the medium category we would need
five people to die and to reach the high priority seven or more
people have to be killed."
have been so incensed by this and are going to do all in our power
to raise the £90,000 required and are in the process of
setting up a registered charity for any funds collected."
Crook, one of the campaign organisers (who is pictured above with
Mrs Ireland and the petition), told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "We
do have a speed camera and obviously that helps, but as soon as
drivers get past it, most of them accelerate off even faster.
A simple crossing for pedestrians will hopefully eliminate further
photos show Rooksbridge residents besides the A38 in the centre
of the village and, beneath, campaign organisers Chris Crook and
petition in support of the campaign [External link]
killed in road accident in Rooksbridge