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Road safety calls for Terrington St John

Kate and Michael Lewis in front of the damaged property, Fourways Cottage, Terrington St John ANL-150817-131321009
Kate and Michael Lewis in front of the damaged property, Fourways Cottage, Terrington St John ANL-150817-131321009

Road improvements are being demanded after another crash has happened close to a village home which was wrecked by a car last year.

Terrington St John Parish Council is calling on Norfolk County Council’s Highways to think about solutions to the staggered junction in Main Road after another smash.

Monday’s incident happened close to Mick and Kate Lewis’ home.

In August last year, the couple and their family were woken after a Mini Cooper ploughed through the front wall of their home.

Earlier this week the driver, student, Charley Sandbach, 19, of Barton Green, Wisbech, lost her licence and was fined £120 after admitting driving without due care and attention.

She did not appear at the sentencing hearing at Norwich Magistrates’ Court.

Council chairman Colin Clifton says this is the third incident to happened in that area as a boy was knocked off his bike.

He said: “It is time to start making medium to long term plans to improve the whole of the infrastructure of the roads around Terrington St John.”

Mr Clifton says steps have already been taken to improve the problems with double yellow lines being re-instated and extra parking spaces.

Mr Clifton said: “We have put proposals through to Highways for some form of traffic calming with a junction or a pedestrian crossing.

“Something to calm down the traffic going though the village.

“The staggered junction does create problems perhaps a mini roundabout is something to consider.”

Mr Clifton also added that nearby School Road is not “fit for purpose”.

On Monday, a Fiat 500 and a silver Peugeot 106 were involved in a collision at 6.30pm. No injuries were reported.

A council spokesman said: “The statistics show that there is a low accident injury history in this particular area and when it comes to making changes to the road network, the county council, with its ever-limited resources, has to prioritise spending money on taking action at places where it will have the most positive impact in terms of safety.

“The parish council hasn’t been in touch with us about the incident this week, but we are always available to discuss concerns with local councils if they want.

“One of the things we sometimes suggest is for local councils to consider making proposals for local road safety measures under our parish partnership scheme, and which, if successful, can be jointly funded by the county.”

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