Clare: Call for safety improvements to be made to road to prevent a tragedy

A PARENT has launched a campaign to crack down on speeding and get a crossing near a school, warning tha,t if nothing is done a child “is going to get killed”.

Father-of-two Michael Madden has started a petition because he has strong concerns about road safety on Hill Terrace, which is on Cavendish Road in Clare and is near the new Stour Valley Community School.

The technical support engineer, 45, said vehicles would travel past at 60/70mph despite the limit being 30mph.

He also said pedestrians had had their arms broken by the wing mirrors of lorries and there had been a number of near-misses. The final straw was when he and his 10-year-old son crossed the road last week and were forced to pull back as a car came up so fast.

Mr Madden said: “There’s nothing for the children to cross over. The road is so dangerous and something needs to be done about it. One of these days one of them is going to get killed.”

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A spokeswoman for Suffolk police said speeding in the area had been raised as a concern by residents and was a Safer Neighbourhood Team priority. She said speed checks were carried out by officers to act as a deterrent and catch speeding motorists.

A spokesman for Suffolk County Council said they were aware of a number of traffic issues in Clare, including HGVs travelling through the village. “We have been conducting traffic surveys and are now in discussions with the town council on what can be done to mitigate the problems. We look forward to receiving the petition,” he said.

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