Children are Playing, Slow Down and Keep them Alive
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If the below measures are not implemented, we fear it will not be long before a fatality occurs, a scenario that must be avoided at all costs.
Heybourne Crescent is the main thoroughfare serving those who live in New Hendon Village. It also provides the northern boundary of Heybourne Park, and acts as a thoroughfare between Lanacre Avenue and Field Mead, leading towards Grahame Park Way to the east.
Residents are concerned over the amount of vehicles using this road as a ‘rat run’ between Lanacre Avenue and Grahame Park Way, many of which drive well in excess of the 20mph speed limit. The park is used by many families and young children, who, stepping out onto Heybourne Crescent between parked cars are at great risk of being hit by a car. Additionally, Heybourne Crescent and Field Mead are a principal route for children attending The Orion Primary School. Field Mead has limited pavements, which increases the risk of speeding cars hitting pedestrians.
We, the undersigned, petition the London Borough of Barnet to install traffic calming measures on Heybourne Crescent, which should include (but not be limited to):
- Clear signage advising of a 20mph limit and warning motorists of children playing in the vicinity
- Speed bumps along the entirety of the Crescent
- Regular policing of cars, with action taken against those exceeding the 20mph limit and those parked illegally, which limits visibility and makes crossing dangerous.
- Installation of a bollard/ barrier to prevent Heybourne Crescent and Field Mead being used as a rat run between Lanacre Avenue and Grahame Park Way.
- We also ask that as the new phases of the Grahame Park regeneration commence, developers should keep pedestrian safety at the forefront of their minds as they design the extension to Heybourne Crescent and new roads, such as the proposed Bristol Road to replace Quaker’s Course.
So please remember that if these measures are not implemented, we fear it will not be long before a fatality occurs, a scenario that must be avoided at all costs.
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