Crossing appeal success after blind man’s accident

PUBLISHED: 08:00 14 October 2015

Ray Stevens, Mandy Palmer and Mark Regan campaiging for a crossing on Queens Road.

Ray Stevens, Mandy Palmer and Mark Regan campaiging for a crossing on Queens Road.

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A blind man who was knocked down on a busy Nailsea road is delighted his appeal for a crossing could prove successful.

Ray Stevens, Mandy Palmer and Mark Regan campaiging for a crossing on Queens Road.Ray Stevens, Mandy Palmer and Mark Regan campaiging for a crossing on Queens Road.

Ray Stevens had been campaigning for a crossing on Queens Road, near the junction with Mizzymead Road, when he collided with a car and suffered a fractured skull in December last year.

Ray had been working with Guide Dogs for the Blind and Nailsea Town Council to try to make the road safer.

North Somerset Council has previously said the road does not fit the criteria but it has now agreed to a crossing if an appropriate site and funding can be found.

A council spokesman said: “There are five central islands on Queens Road in the vicinity of the Mizzymead Road and The Perrings junction. Pedestrians were observed crossing at four of these islands when we carried out a survey in July.

Ray Stevens, Mandy Palmer and Mark Regan campaiging for a crossing on Queens Road.Ray Stevens, Mandy Palmer and Mark Regan campaiging for a crossing on Queens Road.

“If the total number of pedestrians crossing is considered, then the site does meet the criteria for a controlled pedestrian crossing.

“A suitable location would have to be identified, and measures to ensure that most pedestrians used it.

“The total cost, including alterations to the island and footways, is likely to be in excess of £50,000 but implementation would be dependent on the availability of funding.”

The authority has asked Nailsea Town Council if it can contribute to the bill.

Ray Stevens with a fractured skull after he collided with a car in Queens Road.Ray Stevens with a fractured skull after he collided with a car in Queens Road.

Ray, who is still recovering from his accident, said: “I’m delighted. There are often mums with young children trying to cross the road where the cars are doing 60mph in a 40mph zone. It’s really needed.”

At a meeting on October 7, Nailsea Town Council’s planning and environmental committee agreed to ask North Somerset for confirmation on the location and cost before they decide how much to contribute.

Town council clerk Ian Morrell said: “North Somerset has never said the numbers have met the criteria for a crossing before.

“We’ve always had the belief that it’s not just about numbers and the number of accidents that happen on a road, but trying to be aware of potential risks as well.

“This is the first time we’ve had this debate and we want to take it as far as we can. The location of the crossing and the cost are going to be crucial factors. There’s not an obvious crossing point so there is a lot to be considered.”


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