Family’s fear after crashes in garden
09:16 26 February 2013
(C) Archant Norfolk 2013
A couple have spoken of their fear at living on the corner of a busy road after witnessing more than seven accidents in five years.
Adam and Wendy Matsell will no longer allow their daughters Tyla and Keara to play in the garden of their home outside Hedenham, near Bungay, after seeing two cars come through their hedge in the last four months.
Yet their hopes of getting something to be done to protect them have been dashed after it was revealed that the council’s casualty reduction team were not looking into making changes to the road as their system shows no significant crashes have taken place there since 2006.
The couple moved into their home on Norwich Road in July 2007, but have seen a grain lorry go through their hedge, a telegraph pole knocked down and a number of further crashes, with police, fire crews and the air ambulance called to the scene.
The most recent two incidents have seen cars stop just metres away from their children’s play area, hitting two sheds and forcing them to take them down.
Mrs Matsell, 40, said: “We’re not sure what to do. We’ve got a nice house with a lovely garden but we can’t use it. We keep the children indoors like prisoners.”
The couple have had to put up temporary fencing to fill the gap left by their former hedging and fence, and appealed for help.
However, when Bob Edwards, Norfolk County Council Highway Engineer, visited he told them that the corner on the B-road, which is the main one between Norwich and Bungay, was not being looked at as their records showed there had been no serious crashes since 2006.
Mr Edwards said that there was only a very limited budget and the priorities were elsewhere.
“Between 2003 and 2005 there were a spate of accidents, but since 2006 when the bend was resurfaced and signs put up there were none on record,” he said.
He offered the possibility of putting up a sign, but the couple said they did not want it and wondered what needed to happen more action.
Mr Matsell, 39, said: “They waste more money putting up signs but it is not working, they need to think about doing something different.”
The couple want a crash barrier to be installed.