Another narrow escape at blackspot

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A FATHER of two young children is calling for action to be taken to prevent more accidents after a car ploughed into his garden.

It is the second time in 18 months that a car has smashed through the wall at Paul Kenny’s home in Halifax Road, Slead Syke, close to where his 13-year-old son, Joseph, and four-year-old daughter, Lily, play.

The accident happened last Tuesday at around 8.30am only 12 hours after a car had crashed into the wall on the opposite side of the road.

Mr Kenny said he knows of eight accidents which have taken place in the last two years along the stretch of road from Kershaw’s Garden Centre to the One Stop shop at Granny Hall Lane.

“It is a nightmare,” he said. “The speed some vehicles are driven at is frightening but in the latest accident it seems to be something to do with the road rather than speed.

“I cannot imagine what would have happened if it had been a nice day and my children had been playing out.

“I’m glad I moved a trampoline from where it was after the last accident. This time one of the dislodged stones would have landed in the middle of it.

“I am going to take my own action now and put some sort of fencing round the back of the wall which will keep it back if it’s hit again.”

Mr Kenny is renewing pleas made by residents to get measures put in place to stop these accidents from happening.

“It needs some sort of poles or a barrier to protect pedestrians when they are walking along the road. It really worries me that someone is going to get hit.

Brighouse councillor Colin Stout said he was demanding a full inquiry and a study to be done on the stretch of road and to get some proper road safety measures put in place.

“Something needs to be done before we have yet another accident,” he said.

“It is a very dangerous road and the problems have not been properly addressed. It’s high time they were.”