THE mother of a 17-year-old boy killed in a car accident near Bidford is “thrilled” that more than 1,000 people have signed her petition to make improvements to the fatal crossroads.
Teresa Bateman launched an online petition to reduce the speed limit and add more signage to the Honeybourne Road junction with Cleeve Road and Welford Road after a coroner made no such recommendations at an inquest into the death of her son Charles.
As well as hundreds of locals, Stratford’s MP Nadhim Zahawi has also pledged his support to the campaign.
The 49-year-old mother-of-five said: “It’s what’s needed out there and I’m just delighted with the response really. We’re very grateful. Some of the comments from the locals highlight how dangerous it is, and some were even saying they want an island there.”
This weekend, Mrs Bateman will start handing out paper versions of her petition in Bidford and other surrounding villages. She was also pleased to get the MP on board.
“I had a meeting last week with one of his representatives and within a couple of hours I had received an e-mail from him pledging his support,” she said.
Mr Zahawi said to her: “As the father of 17-year-old twins and a one-year-old daughter I can only imagine how you must feel.
“I am very happy to raise this with the county council. Given their position thus far I think this should be in combination with your petition in order to show the local feeling.”
The MP is now going to set up a meeting with Mrs Bateman and the county councillor for Bidford, Mike Brain, to try and turn the campaign into action.
Last week, Warwickshire County Council confirmed the speed limit would be reduced on the Honeybourne Road from 60mph to 50mph, but many supporters feel that is not enough.
Veronica Powell, one campaigner pledging her support online, said: “To reduce the limit to 50mph is just a token gesture. Two straight, and therefore fast, roads cross here—the limit should be, at most, 40mph and the signage increased significantly.
“It is so very sad that this young man lost his life and it is now the duty of WCC to provide adequate safety measures at this extremely dangerous crossroads.”
Charles Bateman was only 17 when he died in a car crash at the junction two days before Christmas.
At a recent inquest into his death, the family asked coroner Louise Hunt to recommend that the council make changes to the crossroads.
She did not because of evidence she heard from the council that suggested the signage was adequate.
A separate petition has been raised to improve signage on the Warwick Road in Stratford.
Laura Murphy, who started the campaign, wants changes to be made after 32-year-old Daniel Lambert, the father of her four-year-old daughter, was killed on the road near the Welcombe Hotel turning last November.
Hoping her actions will help reduce traffic accidents on the road, her online petition currently has over 350 signatures.
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