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Redbridge Council will act on residents’ pleas over South Woodford ‘danger hot spot’

PUBLISHED: 12:00 07 May 2016

Tory campaigner Joel Herga, left, with MP Iain Duncan Smith, third from left, and local residents of Fieldhouse Close, South Woodford, with Cllr Emma Best campaigning for yellow lines to be installed.

Tory campaigner Joel Herga, left, with MP Iain Duncan Smith, third from left, and local residents of Fieldhouse Close, South Woodford, with Cllr Emma Best campaigning for yellow lines to be installed.

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Safety measures will be installed in a “dangerous road” after a campaign by residents.

Redbridge Council has announced it will install yellow lines in Fieldhouse Close, South Woodford, after residents complained parents double parked in the street while dropping off children at nearby Churchfields Primary School, Churchfields.

This narrows the road and makes it hard for people to cross.

Church End Conservative activist Joel Herga told the Recorder: “Most residents have nearly been in accidents, it’s a danger hot spot.”

The 25-year-old collected around 40 signatures from neighbours in Fieldhouse Close over the weekend calling for yellow lines to be installed.

Chingford and Woodford Green MP Iain Duncan Smith visited the street on Friday and subsequently wrote to the council demanding action.

He said: “This road is often double parked with cars, which makes it difficult for vehicles, especially larger emergency vehicles and refuse collectors, to pass.”

The former Tory cabinet minister added: “Due to the strength of feeling on this issue, I am writing to the council asking them to listen to residents’ concerns and put yellow lines on the bends where parked cars are most dangerous.”

The council announced yesterday (Weds) it would be putting in the safety measure during the summer.

A spokesman said: “Residents have already made us aware of their concerns around parking at Fieldhouse Close and we are pleased to say that the council has plans to install double yellow lines to stop the parking at its junction with Churchfields.”

Mr Herga, of Horns Lane, Woodford Green, described the announcement as “great news”.

He added: “This is a victory for residents and for the Conservative Church End Action Team.

“What is important now is that the council implements these yellow lines quickly and efficiently before there is an accident.

“The frequency with which people are parking on the turning is making it very dangerous.”


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