A resident’s campaign to ease traffic congestion outside a new care home has won the backing of the care firm that will run it.

Carrie Norris has launched a petition to have a ‘keep clear’ sign painted in Wood Street, at the junction with Cattley Close, in High Barnet.

Ms Norris said a new care home that will have its entrance in Cattley Close would worsen existing congestion, and she has been encouraging residents and businesses to lend their support to her campaign.

Signature Senior Lifestyle, which will run the care home, has now backed the proposal and offered to fund the road markings.

Ms Norris said: “When you come out of the turning, there are cars blocking the exit and entrance to Cattley Close.

“Once the care home opens, the traffic in Wood Street will more than likely become worse and the amount of cars entering Cattley Close will be increased.

“What I’m campaigning for is a ‘keep clear’ sign to be painted on the road in Wood Street.”

If Ms Norris wins enough support, she hopes to persuade local councillors to back the keep clear sign at a meeting of Chipping Barnet residents’ forum on September 3. She added Barnet Council had been “very helpful” in advising her how to launch the petition.

Wayne Price, group director of development and construction at Signature Senior Lifestyle, commented: “Signature is looking forward to becoming a member of the local community when our new care home opens next year.

“As such, I have looked at the proposal, and I am aware that there is occasionally localised congestion with vehicles queueing on Wood Street which could hinder people driving to and from Cattley Close.

“A ‘Keep Clear’ on Wood Street would help local resident car movements at the junction. Signature are supportive and would be prepared to fund the new road markings if Barnet could be convinced to provide the markings by the local residents.”

Ms Norris’ petition, which has more than 40 signatures, is available here.