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Thousands sign up to improve safety after death of Sheffield schoolgirl

Jasmyn Chan.

Jasmyn Chan.

Thousands of people have signed a petition calling for improved road safety at the spot in Sheffield where 14-year-old Jasmyn Chan lost her life.

About 2,500 people have already signed the petition calling for better safety measures on Normanton Hill, Intake.

Jasmyn, a Birley Community College student, died after being hit by a driver as she crossed Normanton Hill, 10 days ago.

Campaigners want to see a controlled crossing installed on the road, which has a 30mph speed limit.

Petition organiser Sandra Bradley, aged 67, said campaigners are aiming to get 5,000 signatures to force a Sheffield Council debate on the issue.

She said 2,500 people have already signed a physical petition in just a week, with an online version now launched to help reach the target.

Mrs Bradley said: “Something has to be done – this can never happen again. It is a tragic waste of life.”

She said there had been an ‘overwhelming’ response to the petition from residents, with printing firm Manor Press donating 200 signature sheets.

Mrs Bradley said: “The speed limit is 30mph, but there is no sign on the road to say it is 30mph. We are demanding a controlled crossing with speed restrictions.”

The petition says: “We have grave concerns – and have had concerns for many years – regarding excessive speeds vehicles achieve on Normanton Hill, which is a busy stretch of road, compounded by narrow pavements and the concealed entrance to Richmond Park.

“This entrance is used Monday to Friday by schoolchildren who attend Outward Academy, dog walkers on a daily basis, and teenagers on Friday evenings, weekends and holidays.”

A Sheffield Council spokesman said officials have met with police to discuss the issue.

To read the petition, visit https://sheffield.moderngov.co.uk/epetition.

A 32-year-old man was bailed last week after being arrested in connection with Jasmyn’s death.

 

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