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Action needed at danger spot

PUBLISHED: 13:39 27 July 2009 | UPDATED: 11:05 06 July 2010

ON reading the report in The Journal (July 17) of a four-year-old boy being knocked down by a car at the notorious Yarmouth Road/Hollingsworth Road crossing had me reeling with anger as it appears lessons have not been learnt as to the dangers faced by pedestrians and cyclist alike when having to use this facility.

ON reading the report in The Journal (July 17) of a four-year-old boy being knocked down by a car at the notorious Yarmouth Road/Hollingsworth Road crossing had me reeling with anger as it appears lessons have not been learnt as to the dangers faced by pedestrians and cyclist alike when having to use this facility.

After the harrowing collision in 2007, which sadly claimed the life of Samantha Castledine, I, as one of the county councillors representing that division, urgently raised with Guy Macgregor, portfolio member for highways and transport at Suffolk County Council, my concerns to the fact there was a serious need to have this crossing controlled by lights.

Our MP Bob Blizzard and The Journal campaigned vigorously for vital safety improvements to that crossing. This campaign was strongly backed by family and friends of Samantha as well as thousands of Lowestoft residents.

On this occasion this young child was lucky the next may not be so fortunate. I said it then and I will say it again now; this black spot has to be managed by the installation of pedestrian crossing lights 24/7, and not crossing patrol officers only during the school terms. I certainly do not wish to see another fatality placed on a statistic list no matter whom it may be.

I therefore would charge the Conservative county councillors for this division to campaign strongly to their leaders of the Conservative administration at Suffolk County to place this high on the priority list for implementation as a matter of some urgency.

MALCOLM CHERRY

Mayor of Lowestoft and St Margaret's ward district councillor

Malcolm Cherry

2 Hardy Close

Oulton Broad

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