Mother's call for action on busy South Muskham crossroads that saw two serious accidents in just weeks
A mother is worried for the safety of her children and others after two accidents took place on a crossroads in five weeks.
Samantha Fendley lives in the Old Police House on the corner of Crow Lane, South Muskham, which links Church Lane at Great North Road.
The mother-of-two said it was a very busy crossroads and that each accident could have been far worse.
“The most recent accident that happened I heard something outside the house,” said Samantha. “A lorry had crashed into the back of van, which was stationary.
“The van driver said he was so shocked to see it unfold in his mirrors.
“It is a very busy crossroads and people are not being vigilant.”
Samantha witnessed the first accident just weeks earlier.
She said: “A car came out of the crossroads at Church Lane and pulled out on to an oncoming car, due to sun shining in their eyes.
“As the cars collided, they then went and ploughed into our front railing. Thank God the children were not playing in the front garden.
“Anyone could have been crossing the road when this happened.
“I’ve spoken with neighbours across the road and the parish council, and yes, the community is very worried about this.
“There have now been three accidents in the last 15 years. Before we moved here, something similar happened where another car ploughed onto the front garden. I think something needs to be done about this because it is such a worry.”
Samantha said she had moved her children’s den out of her front garden and into the back.
“It seems silly,” she added. “But how many times do you let something happen before it’s too late?
“You hear that fatalities have to happen before something is changed, but that should not be the case.”
David Catanach, chairman of South Muskham and Little Carlton Parish Council, said the design of the roads needed to be changed.
“I have been on the parish council for 30 years and Ollerton Road (leading into Great North Road at Little Carlton/South Muskham) has got busier with heavier traffic,” he said. “It seems to be a constant agenda item in meetings.
“County councillor Bruce Laughton has been very helpful and we managed to get a 40mph speed limit in place on Ollerton Road but we still suffer because of the design of the road.”
Mr Catanach said the road leading up to the Norfolk town Sheringham was a good example of a design that could be replicated.
“As you drive through the suburban area it goes from a 60 to a 30. There is a raised ramp surface of the road, which makes drivers slow down, and structures on the sides of the road that psychologically narrow the road — that could be done here.”
He added the community had already asked the county for average speed cameras, but that there was a technicality that meant the area was not suitable.
“One Little Carlton councillor has actually given up their post recently because they got so frustrated with not getting anywhere,” said Mr Catanach. “Particularly with county highways, they said ‘what is the point?’
“We shouldn’t have to wait until this, what I call anti-social behaviour, causes serious damage or kills somebody.”
Gary Wood, head of highways and transport at the county council, said: “Road safety remains a high priority for the county council and we’re sorry to hear about the accidents reported at the location.
“When an accident which has caused an injury occurs on a Nottinghamshire road, Nottinghamshire Police undertake an initial investigation before our safer highways team investigate to identify any patterns and other factors which may increase the risk of an accident occurring.
“From this, recommendations on further safety measures on the highway can be made where necessary.
“We will consider the outcome of any police investigations relating to the recent accidents and from this any recommendations on further safety measures on the highway can considered if necessary.”