Following the first accident in what R4U predicted would be an unsafe traffic scheme forced on Saffron Walden by UDC, R4U pushes for traffic calming, speed restrictions and other changes.
The accident happened at the Debden Rd traffic lights in the middle of UDC’s new Urban Clearway scheme in Saffron Walden on 28th October 2017
John Lodge continued “We all know that speed kills and removing parking has created unobstructed race-tracks through the town’s residential neighbourhoods. That makes our roads more dangerous for other road users and pedestrians. Less than 10 days after the yellow lines went in, it has been reported that many vehicles have been speeding through the town at more than 50 mph; and the first significant accident has happened. On Saturday police were called to the scene when a Saffron Walden mum, with her young daughter in their car, was hit by a vehicle that is understood to have come through the Debden Road lights on a red. We are lucky that their car protected them. However hundreds of school children walk down this route every day and an unsafe scheme is unacceptable. So we are now pushing for Essex County Council to put in safety measures, as we recently did successfully with the low railway bridge in Newport. We will let residents know the progress we make and expect UDC to now support any traffic calming and safety measures.”
About Residents for Uttlesford
Residents for Uttlesford (R4U) is the local party of towns and villages. The party was formed by a number of residents’ groups in north-west Essex to provide a strong, independent voice for local people. The party believes that on local issues local residents should decide, not politicians from Westminster parties.
Uttlesford residents achieved their first election gains in 2013 and have been increasing their voter share ever since. R4U is the fastest growing local political movement in the district. In 2015 they became the second party in Uttlesford District Council. In 2017 R4U achieved further gains with a 60% share of the vote in a local district council by-election. The party is the fastest growing local political movement in the area. Success has been based on the group’s desire to give local people a voice and implement long range strategic and sustainable plans for their area.
Residents for Uttlesford also has numerous Town and Parish Councillors. It is the largest party at Saffron Walden Town Council, where under its stewardship, the council has rebuilt its finances, invested in community assets, and won multiple awards.
R4U can be found on the web at www.residents4u.org.