Concerns expressed after 12th accident in Bulmer Tye since January
- Credit: Gregg Brown
Another car has left the road at an accident blackspot on the Suffolk/Essex border – just days after an urgent plea was issued for measures to reduce the number of crashes.
Last week, the EADT revealed that since January, 11 accidents have occurred on the same corner of the A131 in Bulmer near Sudbury, close to The Bulmer Fox bistro.
Then on Friday evening, a 17-year-old man lost control of the car he was driving, resulting in it going through a line of trees and into a Mercedes in the bistro car park, taking the accident toll up to 12.
Eddie Brown, 51, who lives opposite The Fox, has suffered numerous incidents outside his home including a serious collision involving a bus. A week ago, a car landed on its roof and split an oil tank in his back garden.
Mr Brown has pleaded with Essex County Council highways to reduce the speed limit at the site to 40mph, but without success. He also wants an anti-slip surface to be applied to the road.
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Following the latest incident on Friday, he said: “It’s the same old story. We have a bit of rain and the road gets slippery. The Mercedes that was parked at The Fox is a write-off and the trees that have been replanted four times were knocked down yet again.
“This latest accidents makes it 36 in four years – it is getting ridiculous. We are genuinely concerned that it’s only a matter of time before someone is killed as a result of one of these crashes.”
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Henry Ford, who owns The Bulmer Fox, said over the past four years he had been forced to replace his restaurant sign four times and rebuild the corner of the building because of the accidents.
He said: “For the first seven years we were here, there were very few accidents but in the past two or three years, it has just been unbelievable.
“When we arrived, we had lovely mature cherry trees and since then we have had to replace them four or five times.
“My issue is that the frontage of my restaurant has been destroyed numerous times but what really worries me is that one day someone will be standing in the way when one of these cars leaves the road – and if that happened they would have no chance at all.”
According to Mr Ford, it took a 20-year campaign by Bulmer Parish Council to get the speed limit changed to 50mph, which he says is not enforceable. That is why he has decided to “take matters into his own hands” and install CCTV at the bistro to record the accidents and provide evidence to police and highways officers.
Essex County Council’s cabinet recently approved funding to resurface an 800-metre section of the A131 at Bulmer Tye during the current financial year.
The council has also recently put up accident blackspot signs at the site and an advisory 30mph limit sign has also been installed.
Last night a spokesman for Essex highways said: “We urge all motorists to drive carefully and according to prevailing road and weather conditions, especially observing speed limits when carriageway surfaces are wet and slippery.”