Dad’s road safety call receives public backing

Barry Curnow is concerned over speeding cars on New Road, Boldon Colliery
Barry Curnow is concerned over speeding cars on New Road, Boldon Colliery

Readers have backed a dad’s call for road safety measures to be put in place near a children’s play park.

Barry Curnow says too many drivers are breaking the 30mph speed limit on New Road in Boldon Colliery putting the lives of pedestrians at risk.

Get it fitted if it’s going make the area a safer place to live.

Steven Westy

With the number of youngsters crossing the road to access the park, he fears it is only a matter of time before a child is hurt or killed.

His concerns have been escalated after his nine-year-old son has now started to use the park which has made him more aware of the traffic issues.

He has called on South Tyneside Council to take a look at the area to see what safety measures can be put in place - something road safety chiefs say they will continue to monitor.

However, while some readers say a speed camera is not the answer, they do feel something needs to be done to slow traffic down.

Jamie Hailes posted: “Should be a crossing put up. No need to line the councils pockets more.”

Leeanne Stonehouse wrote: “Something definitely needs done with that road, not only do people speed but the school kids just step on to the road and push each other onto it and people have been hurting the horses on that road aswell.”

Lynzie Moore said: “I agree there should be something in place. I work right next to the park and at times is a nightmare pulling out onto that road as the cars go flying past.”

Dawn Jolly is also in favour of a crossing. She wrote: “Put crossing in. Putting speed cameras in would only stop them speeding were the cameras are.”

Steven Westy posted: “Get it fitted if it’s going make the area a safer place to live.”

The play park was opened in 2009 following calls from residents and local councillors for a place for the area’s young people to play.

It was completed in phases, with a skateboard park and facilities for BMX riders and roller-bladers added a year later.

The park was funded by the Big Lottery Fund, Environmental Project and the Community Area Forum.