Councillor’s way out of order

I AM writing with regard to last week s article in The Hunts Post reporting on the proposed road safety measures on the A141 at the junction with King s Ripton. I sympathise with the Warren Hay Road Safety Action Group s bitter disappointment at the prop

I AM writing with regard to last week's article in The Hunts Post reporting on the proposed road safety measures on the A141 at the junction with King's Ripton.

I sympathise with the Warren Hay Road Safety Action Group's bitter disappointment at the proposals which do not go far enough to provide better facilities for pedestrians and cyclists to cross the A141 safely when accessing Jubilee Park.

However, my main reason for writing to you is to comment on the unbelievably crass and insensitive remark attributed to county councillor Mac McGuire ie "We need to get the message across to parents that children should not be trying to cross the A141."

I could not believe what I was reading and many other people have expressed similar views to me.


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Can I remind Cllr McGuire that the reason children are crossing the A141 is because the local council decided to take away the children's safe, easily accessible playing fields for development and a new site (Jubilee Park) on the other side of the ring road, along the King's Ripton Road, was provided in its place.

They have to cross the A141 in order to reach it. With regard to his comments regarding the outside investment - maybe there is a case for an approach to be made to Tesco, McDonald's etc to contribute to the costs involved for the additional safety measures needed as a public-spirited gesture to their many local customers.

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Cambridgeshire County Council is now saying it will be taking down the well-made, clear signs erected at the junction by the action group.

The signs are doing a good job and permission should be given to allow them to remain.

This type of sign makes drivers automatically reduce their speed and then the sight of the Chelsea banner, teddy bear and flowers makes them realise the significance of the signs.

They know that a family has lost a beloved child on the road and this must make the drivers more aware of their responsibility to other road users including pedestrians and cycle riders.

I hope CCC will reconsider removing the signs. It needs to realise that sometimes common sense and perception of the public's feelings are far more important than being a "jobsworth" sticking rigidly to the rules and regulations.

After all, if the county council had initially put in place measures so children could cross safely, we would not be having this debate.

Sally A Pryke, Station Road, Warboys

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