Residents call for action on road

PUBLISHED: 12:18 12 October 2006 | UPDATED: 11:03 06 May 2010

The scene of the incident

The scene of the incident

THIS was the scene in Rectory Lane, Stevenage, on Saturday morning when a car went out of control and ended up on its side. It was the latest in a series of incidents which have left residents fuming and demanding action. The narrow and winding Rectory La

THIS was the scene in Rectory Lane, Stevenage, on Saturday morning when a car went out of control and ended up on its side.

It was the latest in a series of incidents which have left residents fuming and demanding action.

The narrow and winding Rectory Lane has a chequered history.

Regarded by many residents as a dangerous rat run, it was blocked off to traffic as an experiment four years ago but re-opened after protests from motorists.

But that prompted new objections from residents concerned about the danger of vehicles crashing and the threat to adult pedestrians and children going to and from school.

Their fears were heightened by Saturday's incident.

"The position of the accident is at one of the three major crossing points where school children have to cross the road on their way to local schools," said a spokesman for Rectory Lane Residents' Association.

"You can imagine the consequences if this accident had happened on a weekday.

"Parents and teachers have clearly identified Rectory Lane as a major risk to pupils walking to and from school, and said that something must be done."

A Herts County Council spokesman said: "The residents' association has put forward a number of additional proposals for Rectory Lane.

"Herts Highways has assessed them and will be presenting its recommendations at a meeting of the joint member panel on November 2 at the Stevenage Borough Council offices.


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