West Lynn crash victim’s mother backs crossing demand

Good responce to a petititon for a road crossing on Clenchwarton Road, West Lynn'LtoR, holding signed petition sheets, Clare Watkins, Michelle Adams, Councilor Alex Kemp'Also in pic Gemma Simper *(far left) and other residents from  Poppyfields ANL-140111-193020009
Good responce to a petititon for a road crossing on Clenchwarton Road, West Lynn'LtoR, holding signed petition sheets, Clare Watkins, Michelle Adams, Councilor Alex Kemp'Also in pic Gemma Simper *(far left) and other residents from Poppyfields ANL-140111-193020009

The mother of a girl who was injured in a collision with a car near a West Lynn housing estate last month has backed calls for a crossing to be installed in the area.

More than 100 people signed a petition demanding a crossing on Clenchwarton Road, close to the entrance to the Poppyfields estate, during the first day of campaigning on Saturday.

Among them was Clare Watkins, whose 17-year-old daughter, Alisha, was hurt in the incident on the morning of October 20.

And she insists that something needs to be done to prevent further accidents, although highways chiefs say other areas where more accidents have happened may be of greater concern.

Miss Watkins said: “We want a crossing there. We need something there. Can they reduce the speed limits?”

“Sooner or later, something was going to happen. How many kids go to the local primary school from the estate? There’s a lot and it’s not good.”

Alisha had been going to catch the 505 bus into Lynn when the collision happened at around 7.50am on October 20.

Miss Watkins said: “I was looking and she was looking and the next thing I knew she just went into the road and bang.”

She said she was unsure whether the low sun that was shining may have been a factor in the collision, but maintains that the number of young people going to and from school from the estate means a crossing is now essential.

She added that the situation had worsened since school service buses began picking up and dropping off students at the stops at the beginning of the current school year.

But a Norfolk County Council spokesman said there had been just two accidents involving pedestrians on that stretch of road in the last five years, while a flashing warning sign was also put up near the St Peter’s Road junction in response to residents’ concerns.

He added: “While one accident is one too many, there are other areas of the county that may be considered a higher priority.”

But the response has angered local county councillor, Alexandra Kemp, who was collecting more signatures yesterday and says the issue not only affects school children, but also vulnerable young adults and elderly people.

Miss Kemp, who claims Poppyfields is effectively “isolated” from the rest of West Lynn by the lack of a safe crossing point, says existing pedestrian refuges nearby are inadequate because they are on a blind bend.

She said: “This flies in the face of all responsibility for public safety. What price a child’s life? This is about safeguarding. They need to start looking for funding right now.”