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Narrow roads through Fordingbridge unsuitable for big vehicles, says mayor
A WOMAN who was hit on the head by a passing lorry while she was walking with her little boy along Fordingbridge High Street has raised fears that it could happen again – with horrific consequences.
The 37-year-old woman from Martin was walking on the pavement at about noon on August 15, when she was struck on the back of her head by the wing mirror of a delivery lorry.
She said: “I am a fully grown woman and now I am very cautious about walking along the High Street because I do believe it will happen again, either to me or someone else.
“The roads are too narrow and congested and if the lorry had hit an elderly person the outcome could have been horrific.”
Fordingbridge Mayor Malcolm Connolly told the Forest Journal that pedestrians on the High Street are vulnerable and someone could be killed.
Mr Connolly, who has been campaigning for years to find a solution to ease congestion, says this latest incident is just one of a number of dangerous predicaments pedestrians have found themselves in.
Now he is stepping up the town council’s campaign to make the streets safe.
He said: “In a world that is paranoid about health and safety, no risk assessment would ever condone the traffic flow through Fordingbridge and would make changes to make it safer as a matter of urgency.
“There have been countless near misses between pedestrians and traffic and someone could be killed. The most talked about problem in our town is the safety of pedestrians along the High Street.
“Some people even refuse to walk on Salisbury Street because of the danger posed to pedestrians by traffic.”
Fordingbridge Town Council has set up a general transport committee and a disability committee to tackle the community’s concerns about speed and a greater volume of traffic on the roads, particularly the High Street.
A meeting between New Forest District Council’s principal highways engineer Nick Hunt, county and district councillor Edward Heron and the town council’s general transport committee is being held on September 11.
A police spokesman said: “On August 15, a 37-year-old woman was walking along Fordingbridge High Street when a wing mirror of a TNT delivery lorry struck her on the back of the head.
“A lorry was coming in the opposite direction which meant the delivery lorry had to come closer to the pavement. The woman’s eight-year-old son ran across the road to stop the lorry driver.”
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