'Next time it could be a fatal accident'
PUBLISHED: 15:42 15 October 2008 | UPDATED: 10:10 23 August 2010
RESIDENTS fear someone will be killed before authorities install traffic calming measures as years of complaints go unheard. For more than two years residents living in Colyer Road, Northfleet, have complained that speeding motorists regularly put reside
RESIDENTS fear someone will be killed before authorities install traffic calming measures as years of complaints go unheard.
For more than two years residents living in Colyer Road, Northfleet, have complained that speeding motorists regularly put residents at risk.
Although no one has been injured in more than 20 separate accidents on the 'rat run', accidents have damaged several parked cars - with many written off by insurance companies.
Forty-five-year-old Midwife Ann Fordham's husband was almost killed on the road.
She said: "My husband was washing the car last summer and there was a screech of brakes and someone had driven into a parked car which smashed into four others. If my husband had been in the way he would have been killed.
"I'm sure most of us on the road have had cars written off or damaged over the last few years."
After listening to concerns Ray Parker, the Kent County Council (KCC) councillor for Northfleet, petitioned the council about 18 months ago for action.
Kent Highways officers asked for details of incidents on the road and residents responded with examples of more than 20 separate cases.
However, the road was not deemed a priority by the PIPKIN computer assessment.
Mr Parker and Leslie Christie, KCC councillor for West Gravesend, again wrote to KCC Cabinet Member Keith Ferrin asking for action last month and were told the white lines would be repainted and a scheme may be considered in 2010/11 subject to funding.
Mr Parker said: "I was disgusted at the idea that repainting lines would solve the problem.
"That's a pretty poor safety measure. It's a very worrying situation."
Ray Dines, transport and development manager for KCC, said: "I understand the concern of local residents regarding road safety in this area. However, as you know, we do have to use our limited funding resources in those areas of the county where there is a pattern of injury crashes that can be saved by the implementation of an appropriate scheme.
"In the longer term it may be possible to develop a scheme that would score better in PIPKIN by meeting wider transport objectives."
Mr Parker and Mrs Christie are now consulting residents about the issue and intend to present the findings to the council at the earliest opportunity.