Furious resident demands action after another car crashes into his garden (From Harwich and Manningtree Standard)
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Furious resident demands action after another car crashes into his garden
Updated 8:52am Monday 2nd June 2014 in News
A FED-UP resident has reiterated calls to cut the speed limit on the entire stretch of a dangerous road after an out of control car destroyed his fence yet again.
Gerry Gilbert, 66, of Constable Close in Lawford found a silver Peugeot 207 had smashed into his back garden, which backs onto Cox’s Hill at 9am last Saturday. The 38-year-old male driver was uninjured.
This is the seventh time Mr Gilbert has seen his fence destroyed and believes the speed limit should be reduced to 30 miles per hour on the entire road, rather than just the initial 280 metres.
“Me and my wife were both up and about and were having a chat when I saw the car had come into the back garden,” said Mr Gilbert.
“This is the seventh accident in the 22 years we have lived here but it has been a couple of years since the last one."
Residents and councillors had been calling for a lower speed limit on Cox’s Hill for years but were initially told the road did not meet the criteria.
However in March 2012 Highways bosses made a U-turn and agreed to extend the 30mph limit to the entrance of Lawford Place.
A single objection to the project meant there was a 21-month delay but the speed reduction was eventually rubber stamped in March this year.
Concerns were raised that the new signage was obscured and campaigners want more of the road to be subject to the new limit.