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Victim's neighbours urgent call for safety

PUBLISHED: 17:07 20 August 2008 | UPDATED: 10:02 23 August 2010

CONCERNED: Peter Baird.

CONCERNED: Peter Baird.

NEIGHBOURS and relatives of tragic Tom Hole are demanding improved safety measures on the road where he died. Although the driver of the car was not speeding, residents living along the A227 think improved safety measures such as the installation of a sp

NEIGHBOURS and relatives of tragic Tom Hole are demanding improved safety measures on the road where he died.

Although the driver of the car was not speeding, residents living along the A227 think improved safety measures such as the installation of a speed camera may go some way to making it safer.

South Street resident Peter Baird, 70, said: "The section of the road is straight and everybody speeds up and down there, it is very dangerous. We have had so many accidents. I have lived here for 30 years and it's getting worse.

"It could have been anyone. It's just an accident black spot.

"Somebody has got to do something about slowing the traffic down. The only solution is to put a speed camera there.

"Something has got to be done about it. Otherwise it's going to happen over and over again."

The tragic accident comes less than a year after 46-year-old Paul Philpot, of Hurst Road, Erith, died on the same road. He was hit by a car as he pulled out of the George Inn, on the A227 a few minutes away from where Mr Hole was killed.

Residents say the problems on the road began to escalate after it was widened several years ago.

They claim motorcycles and cars regularly drive up and down the roads at speeds far in excess of the 30 miles per hour speed limit.

Mr Hole's daughter Pamela Cleggett, 69, also shares the concerns, despite saying speed was not a factor in her father's death.

She said: "This road is very, very busy.

"I have lived here practically all my life and it has got busier. There have always been lots of accidents down here. You just take your life into your hands when you cross that road.

"We have wondered if a speed camera here might make it better."

Kate Nowowiecki, spokesperson for Kent Highway Services, said the council was unable to comment due to ongoing police investigations. What do you think? Write to the Letters Editor at 158 Milton Road, Gravesend, Kent, DA12 2RG.

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