Road safety

A councilor campaigns to improve road safety in Gunthorpe after a car collided with a fence

A call to action has been issued in Gunthorpe as locals are concerned about pedestrian safety.

A Peterborough councilor is campaigning for improved road safety measures to be put in place in Gunthorpe.

Councilor Sandra Bond, who represents Gunthorpe Borough, said she had received ‘numerous complaints’ from residents about speeding on Gunthorpe Ridings Road and asked that it be made safer.

‘We have tried to put in place security measures in the Gunthorpe constituencies, as well as other roads in Gunthorpe and Werrington,’ Councilor Bond said.

She hopes speed bumps can be installed to slow down vehicles on the road as she fears for the safety of passers-by.

After contacting Peterborough City Council to ask for improved road safety measures to be put in place, he was told that the council uses crash data to determine whether it can put measures in place.

However, she claims she was told that Gunthorpe Ridings did not meet the criteria required for action to be taken.

A spokesman for Peterborough City Council said The Peterborough Telegraph: “The council takes road safety very seriously and we are working closely with the police to understand the causes of these accidents to determine what action may be needed.

“Where appropriate, additional measures will be assessed on a case-by-case basis depending on site constraints and available budgets.”

It comes as Cambridgeshire Police arrested a man in his 20s on suspicion of drink-driving after driving up the curb and crashing into a lamp post and through a fence on August 29.

The force confirmed on August 31 that the man had been released without charge and that no further action would be taken.

“One of the locals I spoke to said that about two minutes before the incident his son and his friends were walking along the curb which the driver drove up,” Ms Bond added.

“We could have had fatalities that day. I’m trying to convince Road Safety and Peterborough City Council that we can’t wait for the day that happens.

“We need safety measures because this is going to happen unless we do something soon.”

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Councilor Bond met residents of Patterdale Drive, just off Gunthorpe Ridings, on August 31 – including Michael and Helen Woloschuk – whose garden fence collided with the driver of the vehicle.

“I was in my kitchen when I heard a loud noise,” Helen said.

“When I looked out the window, the car was halfway to our back fence.”

“It was a miracle no one was walking the path when it happened,” Michael added. “Someone will have to be killed before we decide to do anything.”