Parents of Stevenage crash victim call for council action

Toufik Moumen with Stevenage MP Stephen McPartland at the crossing in Monkswood Way, Stevenage

Toufik Moumen with Stevenage MP Stephen McPartland at the crossing in Monkswood Way, Stevenage - Credit: Archant

THE parents of a 10-year-old girl who was killed at a pedestrian crossing believe not enough is being done to tackle safety issues at the spot.

Toufik and Yvonne Moumem, whose daughter Yesmine died in December 2010 after a collision involving a car at the traffic lights opposite Asda in Monkswood Way, Stevenage, are still awaiting Hertfordshire County Council’s analysis of CCTV footage recorded at the junction in December last year.

The camera was installed for four weeks to examine whether vehicles were going through red lights, but the results, expected to be published at the start of March, are yet to be released.

The Comet asked the county council last Tuesday whether the results were available and was told they would be published in a week, although this has not happened.

“I’m not happy with the response from Hertfordshire County Council – they have taken so long to come up with the results and we believe they are not really doing enough to address the safety issues at the crossing,” said Mr Moumen, who lives with his wife in Stevenage.


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“The CCTV results are taking so long that I believe that the county council has something to hide. The public need to see what is going on.

“We are very disappointed with the lack of action from the county council and we’re seeking to take action ourselves.”

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Speed cameras were also installed in Monkswood Way for a four-week period last year, with results released in February stating that the majority of motorists are driving under the 40mph speed limit.

Mr Moumen, who is lobbying for the speed limit to be reduced from 40mph to 30mph and wants to see permanent cameras installed at the crossing, added: “We don’t think the results that have been released accurately represent what happens on the road. We know that cars are speeding but nothing is being done and we don’t want anybody getting hurt.”

A spokesman for Hertfordshire County Council said: “Initial findings from the review of CCTV footage at this site indicate that there is not an issue with the timing of the signals.

“We are now carrying out a further review of the footage to see if changes could be made to benefit all road users. We would like to thank everyone for their continued patience while we review the site.”

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