Published: November 7, 2010
Road safety charity praises Burnham-On-Sea MP

Burnham-On-Sea's MP has been named 'parliamentarian of the month' by a national charity for her work in campaigning for improved road safety.

Brake, an independent road safety charity, has recognised Tessa Munt's work in campaigning with Chilcompton residents following the County Council's removal of a speed camera outside the village's primary school on the busy B3139.

The MP also recently joined calls for a speed camera along Burnham's Marine Drive, as reported here.

And she has also recently given her support to Rooksbridge resident Pat Ireland, whose husband Gordon was killed by a speeding motorist and is campaigning against the removal of speed cameras.

Tessa says that some of the County Council's decision-making over road safety has lacked common sense.

"It simply makes no sense for the council to remove the camera outside the school where the need is greatest – it’s simply wrong," she said.

"The council has a duty to ensure these children can walk to school safely by providing adequate safety measures. I am putting pressure on Somerset County Council to reverse its decision or provide an alternative and some traffic calming measures. Children are vulnerable road users and we should do all we can to protect them."

Jessica Wigglesworth, Brake's Campaigns Assistant, added: "I would like to congratulate Tessa for her hard work in supporting the constituents in her area strive for a safer and healthier community."

Brake is an independent international charity, funded by donations from individuals, companies, and grant givers.

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