LETTER: Extra care needed

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ON March 25, a seven-year-old pupil from Jesmond Gardens Primary School narrowly escaped serious injury in an incident involving a bus.

It is my understanding that his family were shocked by the incident, and the child traumatised.

It was that serious.

That was the second incident.

Earlier that day, I was contacted by two residents who had had an alleged altercation with workers carrying out extensive repairs in that area to lay new electricity cables.

It seems to me that there has been a breakdown of communication between the residents, contractors and Hartlepool Borough Council.

The whole area, in my opinion, is in chaos at the moment.

The normal two traffic light system has been replaced by a four-way system, footpaths closed, and residents forced to park their vehicles on the north side of upper Chester Road.

The pelican crossing has been disconnected during the works.

How can children and adults cross this busy road?

In my opinion, there are inadequate signs, and – at the weekend – that particular stretch of road sees an increase in people requiring parking as allotment owners go to work on the gardens.

In the light of the aforementioned incidents and, what I consider to be traffic chaos, I contacted the council, and had a site meeting with residents and contractors in an effort to defuse the situation.

Residents accept that contractors need to complete the work.

Contractors, however, need to appreciate that their work has caused considerable disruption to residents and motorists using this route.

If we work together, the work can be completed as soon as possible, and life can get back to normal.

Chester Road has a partial 20mph system, which the majority of motorists continue to ignore despite the congestion caused by the road works.

The area has a primary school slap bang in the middle of the road works.

I appeal to everyone, motorists and residents, to take extra care at this time.

John Riddle,

Chester Road,

Hartlepool.