Council rejects Stevenage man’s road safety campaign

Toufik Moumen, holding a picture of his daughter Yesmine, alongside Stevenage MP Stephen McPartland

Toufik Moumen, holding a picture of his daughter Yesmine, alongside Stevenage MP Stephen McPartland when the petition was launched last year - Credit: Archant

The parents of a 10-year-old girl who was killed at a pedestrian crossing have been told their campaign to improve road safety will not be taken further - just two days after the anniversary of their daughter’s death.

The driver, Kevin Ruder, was later cleared of causing death by careless driving.

Mr Moumen has since received an email from Hertfordshire County Council (HCC0 saying his campaign will not be taken any further.

In the email, sent on Decemeber 23, Rob Smith, deputy director of environemtn at HCC, referred to a 2012 review which found that neither “the road layout or speed limit were inappropriate”.

Mr Moumen said: “It was really very difficult to take. It took me nearly a whole month to respond because this is always a difficult time of year and I felt they had been insensitive in choosing when to send their reply.

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“To me, this just shows they don’t really care. I don’t believe there has been any real consideration of this petition and it’s this kind of carlessness that could cost someone’s life, just as it did my daughter’s.

The petition, whcih launched in May last year, had been backed by both Stevenage MP Stephen McPartland and Sharon Taylor, leader of Stevenage Borough Council.

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Cllr Taylor said: “I am very disappointed that the county council has decided not to go any further with this campaign. mr Moumen has my full support in however he chooses to progress and I will do my very best to help him in whatever way I can.”

A spokesman for HCC said: “We apologise to the family for any offence caused by the timing of the email.”

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