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Residents call for safer roads in Barnet
Council officers will assess the safety of several roads in the borough following appeals from residents claiming "accidents are waiting to happen" if preventative measures are not taken.
A petition carrying nearly 70 signatures was presented to tonight’s Finchley and Golders Green residents’ forum asking Barnet Borough Council to “urgently” introduce double yellow lines at the junction between Windsor Road and Hendon Lane in Finchley.
Addressing the forum, Mr Dennis Pepper said: “Windsor Road is very narrow and when there are parked cars it is very difficult for two vehicles to pass by. It’s a busy road in a cul-de-sac and the problem is becoming increasingly worse.
“Some time soon there is going to be an accident – we think the best thing is to put double yellow lines so people have a clear passage to drive through.”
Neil Richardson, highways manager for the council, said a statutory consultation will be carried out and if no objections are made, the lines can be put down.
A petition with 27 signatories was also presented to the forum objecting to plans to put a zebra crossing in Moss Hall Grove near to Moss Hall School.
Parents at the school, which was granted planning permission in June to expand from a three form entry to a four form, had previously collected more than 600 signatures in favour of improving road safety in the area.
But Derek Hyland, who has lived in the road for 30 years, said: “My petition is only a sample of people who object to the plans – roughly 85 per cent of people in the area are against it. There’s absolutely no need for the crossing – there’s no problem there and it’s a quiet road. There’s no danger to the children.”
However, Suzanne Fitzgerald who used to chair the school’s PTA for five years said the road “is dangerous and accidents are waiting to happen”.
Meanwhile residents in Riverside Gardens expressed their concerns about speeding traffic travelling in Hendon Lane towards Henlys Corner.
Drivers were accused of failing to take notice of “Keep Clear” signs in Hendon Lane at the junctions with Riverside Gardens and Crooked Usage as they speed to catch the green lights at the junction with Henlys Corner.
It was suggested traffic calming measures such as speed humps should be put in Hendon Lane. However, it was agreed council officers would meet with residents on the site to discuss a possible solution to the problem.
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