November 7, 2010
Road safety charity praises Burnham-On-Sea MP
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 its
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
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
Brake is an independent international charity, funded by donations
from individuals, companies, and grant givers.