Campaign started to create safe Manor Road crossing
A petition to increase safety measures on a Verwood road has attracted over 150 signatures in its first 24 hours.
Local resident Lisa Lewis started the campaign to urge Verwood Town Council to make changes at the crossing on Manor Road near the Verwood Scout Hut.
She says cars travel down this road at high speeds and in greatly increased numbers over the years, and that the council is obviously aware of this as it is a favourite place for speed camera vans to sit.
Lisa writes: “I personally and other locals have contacted them over the years to get the hedges cut back to make it as clear a view for crossing as possible and to fit pushchairs on the path as it seems to be a slightly neglected area even though people use it regularly.
“Children of school age are seen crossing here daily on foot and bikes and are often running across in small gaps of traffic or if lucky enough a kind driver will stop and give them space to cross safely. Our children need a safer way to cross here as it is dangerous. I personally have seen very close misses or cars braking because people are trying to cross so there must be many more people witnessing this.
Lisa adds that with enough signatures, she hopes the town council will see it as a worthy cause and install a more official crossing point.