Hundreds sign petition for pedestrian crossing after child is hit by a van

More than 240 people have signed a petition calling for traffic calming measures in Loddiswell following a collision between a child and a van. 


Riley Bordas, 9, was struck by the vehicle on Friday, 6 November, leaving him with a broken leg that required four hours of surgery. He was travelling from the new housing estate, Beechwood Park, to the Loddiswell Playing Fields on the opposite side of the road when the incident occured. 

Riley Bordas, 9, was struck by the vehicle on Friday...leaving him with a broken leg that required four hours of surgery

As soon as news of the incident broke, Loddiswell residents were calling for some type of crossing from the estate to the playing fields. There are a large number of children who live in the new houses, as well as the primary school, which was relocated to the end of the new road. 

In response, a petition was set up on the Devon County Council website by Peter Sheard on behalf of  Loddiswell Parish Council, who have been calling for a crossing there since 2017. 

The petition reads: "After many attempts by the Parish Council (since 2017) to convince DCC and Highways to improve road safety for the residents of Loddiswell and surrounding areas we have now witnessed a very serious accident resulting in a young boy being rushed to Derriford for urgent surgery."

After many attempts by the Parish Council...to improve road safety for the residents of Loddiswell...we have now witnessed a very serious accident resulting in a young boy being rushed to Derriford for urgent surgery

They are asking for a pedestrian crossing across the B3196, between the playing fields and Beechwood park, saying: "Children cross this road frequently, whether it is to get to the primary school, the pre-school (located in the park) or just to get to and from the park itself."

They are also asking for the installation of pavement safety railings along either side of the road, relocating the speed enforcement sign further north on that road and the reduction of the speed limit through the village to 20mph. 

Cllr Peter Sheard, chair of Loddiswell Parish Council, said they have been warning Devon County Council that this kind of incident would happen. 

He said: "We've been warning DCC about this and now its happened. There are 70 houses in the new estate, with the added number of children that comes with that, plus the new primary school, plus the preschool on the other side of the road, so there will always be a lot of children crossing that road. 

We've been warning DCC about this and now its happened
"Accidents are going to happen, but if we can reduce the speed that traffic travels at, and give drivers as much warning as possible with a pedestrian crossing and signs, or at least railings on either side of the road; both as an added visual for drivers and for something to make the children stop and think for a second. It would also direct them to a very specific crossing point."

When asked if he was hopeful for getting a pedestrian crossing in the area, Peter said: "We've been trying for years and its always rejected. We're always told it costs too much and even if they could, they wouldn't do anything as there hasn't been an accident there. They can't use that excuse any more."

The parish council has had to fund a VAS (Vehicle Activated Sign) themselves, which gives data about the number of cars passing by and the speed they're doing. "We put it up just before the first lockdown", Peter explained, "so the stats are not normal - as soon as it went up all the traffic disappeared - so we are yet to see if the data it collects will be helpful. Either way, DCC said they will ignore the findings as we didn't go through the 'official route'."

Either way, DCC said they will ignore the findings as we didn't go through the 'official route'

A spokesperson for Devon County Council said: “We understand that there was an accident involving a pedestrian on South Brent Road, Loddiswell. We are waiting for more details from the police to help us determine the best course of action.”

If you would like to sign the petition, click here, you do have to register with Devon County Council to sign. 

If anybody witnessed the incident or has any information, please contact the police by emailing 10900@dc.police.uk. 

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