make our area a safer place to live for our children

make our area a safer place to live for our children

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Leanne cassley started this petition to lynda scanlan

currently in the area I live with my husband and 2 young boys is a safety hazard. We have a main road running along a wide stretch of grass in front of our row of houses. The road is a 30mph road but we have lorries, cars, motorbikes who use this road and constantly travel in excess of this speed limit. Not only that on the grass in front of our houses we have people drive up and down the grass, joy riding on quad bikes and motorbikes and at times in cars and have become stuck in the grass due to the mess they have made in churning up the grass.  There are other young children who live in the area as well who play on the grass throughout the year as well as do my 2 young boys. It is a constant fear that I can't let my boys out of the front garden for the worry of a car driving on the grass, or even a car losing control and ploughing into my front garden with potential fatal consequences. My sister lives just further down the road and has had her car written off twice while parked outside her house due to people driving over the speed limit and losing control and lorries driving so fast and the road not being wide enough to allow another car to pass as others are parked on the side of the road outside the owners house. I have pleaded with the police and the local council to put barriers along the top of the grass area to stop people pulling onto the grass, introduce speed cameras or speed humps along the road but continually get told it's not cost effective. It is a huge concern with every resident in the area of Ferryboat Lane and the use of the road is getting increasingly busier therefore increasing the risk further. I should not have to live in fear of my children being able to play outside their house on the grass for fear of people using it as a road or a joy riding area. We have also asked for car parking bays to be introduced in front of the houses, taking away some of the grass area but again have been told that can't be done, this would solve parking issues and the grass being used to drive on. I and others strongly feel that something needs to be done about the use of the road and the speed people travel on it and also the grassed area as well. We really need help to get something in place to make the area safer for everyone, in particular the children. We don't have a voice in the area we live for change and something needs to be done. 

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