Accident is inevitable says worried dad-of-two

Pictured is Cllr Jack Clarkson with residents of Clough Grove,Oughtibridge, and their children with a petition to reduce the speed limit on the street from 30 to 20mph

Pictured is Cllr Jack Clarkson with residents of Clough Grove,Oughtibridge, and their children with a petition to reduce the speed limit on the street from 30 to 20mph

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A WORRIED dad who is campaigning to have the speed limit cut to 20mph on a Sheffield estate is being backed by locals who say speeding could cost children’s lives.

Richard Mann, a 38-year-old father-of-two, claims drivers regularly speed down his street – Clough Grove in Oughtibridge.

He has started a petition to get the limit changed and says it could help avoid a tragic accident in future.

It has been signed by 70 people, with another 40 expected to add their names.

More than a third of the street’s 90 households have children and Mr Mann said the area was often ‘awash’ with youngsters who play in the road and walk along it to school.

Mr Mann said: “An accident is inevitable. I’d rather do something about it now than wait for the council to change it after something tragic happens.”

“School holidays start this week and many parents don’t want to have to keep their children indoors during the summer because of dangerous drivers.”

Hanna Jackson, 38, who lives on the street with her husband Rob, 40, and two girls Emily, six and Katy, aged seven, said: “It’s a pleasure to see the children playing in the streets.”

“That’s why we moved here, because it’s such a traditional family place.

“Children ride bikes, skip with ropes and play football on and around the street.

“It’s much better than being sat inside playing video games. But we always worry about their safety.

“If they get hit at 20mph they have a much better chance of surviving than at 30,” she said.

Many of the street’s residents have emailed their support for the petition to the council after children in the neighbourhood visited houses to explain the campaign.

Stocksbridge Town councillor Jack Clarkson is also supporting the petition.

He said: “Many residents are notorious for excessive speed.

“But it’s not a green light for children to play in the road if it goes through.”

Louise Sellers, 40, who has three children and lives on the street, said: “It’s really good for young children to socialise and get exercise outside and there are often a lot of children in the road. The speed some cars drive at make it extremely dangerous.”

A Sheffield Council spokesman said: “We will assess the petition from the residents of Clough Grove against the set of agreed criteria that we use to consider all requests of this kind”

“We do receive many requests for this type of work, but there is a limited budget that restricts the number of schemes we can introduce each year.”

“Members will carefully consider the full details of this request when it arrives.”

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