Call for improved safety measures after car crashes into Little Plumstead pub

Damage to the Brick Kilns pub at Little Plumstead after a car crashed into the wall. Pub owner Paul

Damage to the Brick Kilns pub at Little Plumstead after a car crashed into the wall. Pub owner Paul Anderson-Cowles.Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

Calls have been made for better road safety measures outside a village pub after a car was sent crashing into its dining area.

Damage to the Brick Kilns pub at Little Plumstead after a crash last month. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Damage to the Brick Kilns pub at Little Plumstead after a crash last month. Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

The accident on Friday evening saw a dark-blue Citroen plough into the Brick Kilns Pub and Restaurant following a collision with another car.

And now, Paul Anderson-Cowles, who owns the pub in Little Plumstead, near Norwich, is calling for better safety on the crossroads opposite.

The 68-year-old said he had to install bollards outside his premises on Norwich Road following a similar incident a number of years ago.

He said: 'These crossroads are so dangerous, they need a roundabout out there. They have put signs up, bit if people don't know the area, they just come straight across.

The Citroen which crashed into the Brick Kilns Pub and Restaurant in Norwich. We have blurred out th

The Citroen which crashed into the Brick Kilns Pub and Restaurant in Norwich. We have blurred out the car's number plate. - Credit: Archant


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'Because we have the bollards it reduced the impact, so people were not directly in danger.

'It stopped the car coming all the way in, or else it would have been a different story.'

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Mr Anderson-Cowles, who has owned the pub since 1972, said there had been numerous accidents at the Norwich Road/Salhouse Road crossroads.

And while Norfolk County Council has taken steps to improve safety at the junction, he believes it is not enough.

He added: 'We have been petitioning for a mini roundabout or a staggered junction here for years, and instead they have put in a few white lines.'

The accident happened at about 9.15pm on Friday, when a silver Vauxhall Corsa collided with the Citroen.

The Citroen contained only the driver, while there were four people in the Vauxhall. No one was badly injured.

Pensioner Val Graham, from Cromer Road, Hellesdon, was sitting inside the pub at the time.

She said: 'I was sitting at the table talking to my friend and all of a sudden there was this massive explosion.

'I thought it was a bomb, the bang was intense. The force of the impact laid me across the table.'

John Linden, of Norfolk Urban Search and Rescue, said Ms Graham could have been seriously injured had it not been for the bollards outside, which slowed down the car just before the impact.

The pub re-opened the following day.

Are you campaigning for better road safety in your area? Call Luke Powell on 01603 772684 or email luke.powell@archant.co.uk

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