By Tristan Harris Friday 27 September 2013 Updated: 02/10 10:30
A RUBERY resident fears her road is an accident waiting to happen because of thoughtless boy racers in souped up cars who speed up and down there on a daily basis.
Marie McBain, who lives in Leach Heath Lane, contacted The Standard about the issue and becoming frustrated about nothing being done.
And last Friday (September 20), her beloved nine-year-old cat Tiggy was killed after being hit by a car at around 11.30pm.
“We are aware of how daft cats can be on roads, but because of the speed of some of these ‘boy racers’ we cannot shake the thought that his death may have been prevented if the car had been going slower.”
She said the cars raced in loops along Leach Heath Lane and other roads, including The Eachway and New Road.
“We see the same cars going round and round over and over again - it’s an accident waiting to happen.”
She added her neighbours had also raised concerns previously about the speed of the traffic along the road, which was near to a skate park and children’s play area and en route to two primary schools and two secondary schools where walking was, rightly, encouraged.
Mrs McBain has two children, aged ten and 13, and, she said, she worries about them coming home after school because of the dangers posed by speeding drivers.
The Standard reported last month how Rubery was being used as a pilot area for 20mph speed limits in built up areas, but Leach Heath Lane, The Eachway and New Road were not on that list.
Mrs McBain said some of the roads chosen for the scheme did not have speeding problems as serious as those used in the boy racers’ loops.
“One is even a close,” she added.
Now she is calling for traffic calming measures as she feels the potential of the drivers damaging their cars’ spoilers would be a sufficient deterrent.
“We know we speak on behalf of our neighbours, the parents in our valued community and also any pet owners whether dogs or cats when we beg for speed ramps to be installed along this road before its too late, not with a dog or cat but with a child.
“How can the council not listen to our plea for just a little road safety?”
A Worcestershire County Council spokesperson said the authority was not aware of any speeding concerns in that road.
Coun Peter McDonald added he would be happy to meet the residents to discuss what could be done.
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