Students dice with death crossing road
PUBLISHED: 11:52 12 May 2006 | UPDATED: 21:52 28 May 2010
YOUNGSTERS buying snacks from a Chatteris cafe before and after school are putting their lives at risk by running across a busy road from between parked cars. And cafe customers who park on both sides of Wenny Road near the Wenny Cafe are adding to the tr
YOUNGSTERS buying snacks from a Chatteris cafe before and after school are putting their lives at risk by running across a busy road from between parked cars.
And cafe customers who park on both sides of Wenny Road near the Wenny Cafe are adding to the traffic chaos.
Chatteris Town Council Chairman, Councillor Florence Newell, fears there will be a serious accident if the situation is allowed to continue.
A concerned grandparent contacted the Cambs Times after witnessing what could have been a serious incident.
He was taking his grandchildren to Cromwell Community College when he saw a student run out in front of a car causing the driver to brake sharply.
He said: "There are cars parked on both sides of the road and the students come out of the cafe and run out in front of the traffic.
"The road is narrow and yet people still park there.
"A major factor is the cafe. It is certainly only a matter of time before there is a nasty accident.
"Drivers fly along and squeeze between the parked cars."
Councillor Newell said councillors and residents had expressed concerns over potential parking problems when a planning application for the cafe was submitted in 2004.
A petition and several letters of protest were sent to Fenland District Council and highway officials recommended the plan should be turned down.
The town council hoped permission would be granted for one year only, so car parking concerns could be monitored.
It said cafe customers should be encouraged to use Church Lane car park.
Councillor Newell added: "We are aware of the problem and we are asking if yellow lines can be put there, but I hope we don't have to wait until a child is killed.