Warren Hay Action Group: Roadside rebels

AN ACTION group set up following the death of Warren Hay has lined the side of the road where he was killed with warning signs urging motorists to slow down. The Warren Hay Road Safety Action Group has placed signs which read Caution and Children cross

AN ACTION group set up following the death of Warren Hay has lined the side of the road where he was killed with warning signs urging motorists to slow down.

The Warren Hay Road Safety Action Group has placed signs which read "Caution" and "Children crossing" at the side of the A141 in Huntingdon.

The group, which was set up in May following the death of St Peter's School pupil Warren, 16, said motorists needed to slow down and be aware of children trying to cross.

Warren's mother, Maxine, is a member of the action group campaigning for a safe way to cross the A141 and allow children access to Jubilee Park from the town.

She said: "The new football season is starting and we have to put up the signs to try to slow down the cars because we know despite what has happened kids will still try to cross the road.

"One death is too many and we can't let what happened to Warren happen again."

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Cambridgeshire County Council, which is working with the pressure group to fast-track potential road improvements, was not consulted about the signs, which means they have been illegally placed at the roadside.

A spokesman said: "It is something we will need to talk to the action group about. We understand why they have put the signs up there, but we have to abide by Government legislation on what signs appear around junctions for the safety of motorists."

Despite the county council's attempts to speed up the process of looking at safety improvements, the pressure group has been getting frustrated by what it sees as a lack of action.

A council spokesman told The Hunts Post: "This is [taking place] much quicker than the process would normally take. We have similar petitions across the county that are taking longer than this one - this is definitely being fast-tracked.

"We explained at a meeting with the action group that this would be the timescale and they seemed to welcome this at the time."

The county council has said it would cost far more than £1.9million to construct the group's favoured option, a footbridge over the A141 and a cycleway and footpath to Jubilee Park.

However, Mrs Hay believed this was "within the means" of the local authorities if they all worked together. She said there was between £400,000-£600,000 remaining from the sale of land at Towerfields - now home to a cinema and fast food complex - which could be used to help fund the project.

The action group's next move will be to meet Tesco representatives in September to see if they will support the campaign. The group already has support from Chelsea FC - Warren's favourite team - with Peterborough United and the FA potentially joining the ranks.

A petition, which has already gathered 10,000 signatures, can be signed by visiting The Hunts Post website.

Mrs Hay, who has been overwhelmed by the public support, said: "It is important to get as many people as possible behind us. The action group is committed to making this a safe junction for the children and adults of today and for the future safety of all residents of Huntingdon."

To help raise awareness of the campaign, the BRJ Club, in Sallowbush Road, Huntingdon, is holding a family fun day in memory of Warren on Monday, August 27, from 10am.

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