Welham Green residents demand action on dangerous road

MORE than 150 people have signed a petition to demand action on a dangerous road. According to figures obtained by Welwyn Hatfield Liberal Democrats, there have been 24 accidents, including one fatal

MORE than 150 people have signed a petition to demand action on a dangerous road.

According to figures obtained by Welwyn Hatfield Liberal Democrats, there have been 24 accidents, including one fatal smash, on Dixons Hill Road, Welham Green, over the past three years.

Subsequently the party organised a petition of residents in the village to gauge their thoughts - and the number of replies has been notable.

Lib Dem campaigner Simon Archer, who helped organise the petition, described the response as "staggering".

He told the WHT: "We have touched a nerve here."

Mr Archer, who is currently the local party treasurer, said residents were "deeply concerned" about safety on Dixons Hill Road.

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"Parents are scared for their children's safety, and elderly residents are too frightened to walk or drive because they see accidents day-in and day-out," he said.

"Something needs to be done."

He added: "We'd like to publicly thank all the residents who responded and ensure them all that we will continue to work hard on their behalf."

George Sloan was among those residents who signed the petition.

The 76-year-old, of Pooleys Lane, described Dixons Hill Road as "difficult".

"People drive too fast along there," he said.

"The layout of the road isn't the best for the speed that people do."

He added: "It needs a real look at."

The petition will now be presented to the joint members' panel - the body where road issues are discussed between the county and borough councils - on April 16.