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Car ploughs into Coventry home: Families petition for safety measures

Correspondent 14th Aug, 2017

SOME residents are campaigning for safety measures in a Coventry street after a car ploughed into a home.

The family has had to move out temporarily after a BMW crashed into the house in Alderminster Road, Mount Nod.

Residents were left shocked by the incident on Saturday, July 29.

They say the BMW was travelling at such speed that it hurtled through a crash barrier and a garden wall before crashing into the house.

Although there were no serious injuries, the house was left uninhabitable while insurers assess the damage.

Now there is a campaign and a petition with more than 120 signatures, which calls for traffic calming measures, and is supported by Woodlands councillors.

Councillor Julia Lepoidevin (Cons, Woodlands) said: “I’m thankful that nobody was hurt in this appalling incident – however it could’ve been very, very different.

“Although this is an extreme example, residents have been complaining about the speed of many drivers and this incident only highlights the need for action to be taken fast.

“We hope that this petition will demonstrate the strength of feeling in this community and call on the council to take action now.”

Fellow Woodlands ward councillor Peter Male said “This car has careered through a crash barrier, a heavy garden wall and still had enough force to breach a house.

“To achieve that force it must been travelling at an enormous speed – frankly it’s a miracle that nobody was hurt.

“The current layout of the highway makes it easier for drivers to speed – clearly we need to think again.”

Woodlands ward Councillor and Leader of Coventry Conservatives, Cllr Gary Ridley, said; “We’re supporting the residents 100% on this issue.

“I’m no road safety expert but anyone can see that something needs to be done to slow traffic down.

“The site is clearly unsuitable for speed humps. However, there’s a range of other options which city engineers could explore. I’d urge residents to support Julia’s petition.”

If you would like to sign the petition it is available in the One Stop Shop on Alderminster Rd or by following the link: https://myaccount.coventry.gov.uk/Petitions

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