Safer Sefton to carry out multi-agency review into serious road traffic accidents

Safer Sefton to carry out multi-agency review into serious road traffic accidents

by Tom Martin (July 2022)

FAMILY members of  two pensioners who were killed in November last year when they were hit by a car in Birkdale, have urged the council to introduce a pedestrian crossing to make the road safer.

Marie Cunningham, 79, and Grace Foulds, 85, lost their lives after being struck by a vehicle on Lulworth Road in an incident that shocked the town.

Relatives of the friends claim that a lot of nearby residents, particularly those who are elderly, believe the road should be made safer because there is no suitable place to cross.

It led to family members launching a petition, which was backed by more than 5,000 people.

Terry Cunningham, the son of Marie, was recently invited to a council meeting to present the petition and talk about why it is so important. 

In response, the local authority say the request for a pedestrian crossing will be referred to the Cabinet Member - Locality Services for considera-tion.

As well as this, the council will also ask Safer Sefton Together, which is their ‘community safety partnership’, to carry out an independent review into the “multi-agency response to serious road traffic accidents.” The review will begin in September and ‘actions for development’ would then be considered.

Marie Cunningham’s daughter, Lynn Cunningham, said of the petition: “We don’t want their deaths to have been in vain. We want at least some good to be able to come out of this terrible sad tragedy.”



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