Speeding cars putting lives at risk in Winterton-on-Sea

Winterton is to get a speed activation 'bend' sign on Hemsby Road, located on the dangerous bend, after appealing to Norfolk County Council.  Maxine Jones who lives on the blind bend.  Picture: James Bass Winterton is to get a speed activation 'bend' sign on Hemsby Road, located on the dangerous bend, after appealing to Norfolk County Council. Maxine Jones who lives on the blind bend. Picture: James Bass

Lauren Rogers lauren.rogers@archant.co.uk
Friday, April 18, 2014
7:00 AM

Cars are speeding around a “dangerous” blind bend and putting lives at risk, according to residents of Winterton-on-Sea.

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Villagers claim someone could be killed or seriously injured on the Mill Farm bend on Hemsby Road, which is the main road into Winterton from Hemsby.

Eighteen months ago, one driver had a lucky escape after his car overturned on the bend and a bus coming from the opposite direction managed to stop.

After a bid for three speed signs was turned down, residents have now convinced Norfolk County Council to install a vehicle-activated sign warning motorists of the sharp bend.

Maxine and Steve Jones, who live on the Hemsby Road corner, said it was a small victory for residents but more should be done.

“We’ve lived here 15 years and it’s just getting worse and worse,” said Mrs Jones.

“It’s not the holidaymakers, it’s local people. They say they know the road. Well, I’m sorry, they might know the road but none of us can see around corners.

“A few weeks ago, I was riding my horse when a car was coming from Hemsby, He slammed the brakes on when he saw me and my horse reared up. The driver then started screaming abuse at me and drove off.”

Winterton Parish Council had hoped Norfolk County Council would support its application for three speed signs on the coast road. They wanted to put two on the Hemsby Road bend and another on Somerton Road, near Holy Trinity and All Saints’ Church.

Michael Blake, chairman of the parish council, said they were shocked their bid for funding through the Parish Partnership Scheme was turned down.

In a letter to parish councillors, Paul Donnachie, capital programme manager for the transport department, said: “Our road safety project engineer has reviewed the accident record for Winterton; none have been recorded within the village for five years. The accident data we look at is for those where there has been a personal injury.”

Under the Parish Partnership Scheme, the parish and county councils will split the cost of the new sign, paying £3,300 each. A spokesman for the county council said it was likely to be installed later this summer.

Do you think the blind bend is dangerous? Email lauren.rogers@archant.co.uk

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