Call for speed cut before child dies

Parents of children enjoying the Kiddies' Corner rides on Cleveleys promenade are concerned at the speed of vehicles passing by.
Parents of children enjoying the Kiddies' Corner rides on Cleveleys promenade are concerned at the speed of vehicles passing by.

A CAMPAIGNER is urging the authorities to do something about speeding drivers on the Promenade before a child is killed.

Kay Kenworthy, who works part time at Mason’s Amusements on Cleveleys Promenade, says children playing at the nearby Kiddies Corner, mixed with cars frequently speeding past the site, is an accident waiting to happen.

It comes as the police will be joining forces with Wyre Council next week for Operation Cleansweep along both north and south Promenade targeting speeding drivers.

Mrs Kenworthy said: “All drivers see is a straight road and it looks like a race track.

“We need a 20mph limit going along that stretch of road to The Venue to stop this.

“There are five foot railings around Kiddies Corner separating them from the road, but it’s frightening and is an accident waiting to happen.”

Calls for speed cameras and road signs to be placed in the are have been stepped up in recent weeks following the death of Roseanna Ashleigh Cooper.

The 21-year-old died when the yellow MG ZR car she was travelling in crashed in Anchorsholme on the way to Cleveleys.

And with the school holidays days away from starting, Mrs Kenworthy fears the situation could escalate when more children start playing at Kiddies Corner.

She added: “It’s only going to get worse when the kids break up from school.

“We were told by the council to put our own railings up, which we have done to protect the children, but they need to look after us on the roads.”

Kiddies Corner has opened for the first time in three seasons after Mrs Kenworthy successfully overturned a council decision to get the site shutdown.

Jubilee ward councillor David Walmsley said: “Speeding along Cleveleys promenade has been an issue for a good number of years.

“Most motorists respect the speed limit but we have a small minority, particularly during the summer months, whose sole intention is to get from A to B with the minimum of delay.

“I have no doubt the police will be fully aware of current concerns and will be factoring into their operations.”