‘Cars crash in our gardens’

Ralphs Lane at Frampton West, residents concerned about speeding vehicles and their own safety after several vehicles have ended up in their front gardens.'L-R Shane Rickell, Dawn Roberts, Layth Rickell, Myra Scott, John Sweetman.
Ralphs Lane at Frampton West, residents concerned about speeding vehicles and their own safety after several vehicles have ended up in their front gardens.'L-R Shane Rickell, Dawn Roberts, Layth Rickell, Myra Scott, John Sweetman.

A WORRIED group of neighbours say they are living in fear following a series of road accidents with cars ending up in their front gardens.

Over the past three months, residents of the 40mph-restricted Ralphs Lane in Frampton West say there have been ‘at least five’ accidents outside their homes.

Dawn Roberts, 45, said vehicles have twice destroyed her fence, with one crashing straight through her 4ft hedge.

“I can’t underestimate the trauma and emotional impact this is all having on us,” she said. “We’ve had our property hit three times in 18 months, but within the course of just three months, I know of at least five accidents down this road, including one where a telegraph pole was snapped in two, putting the road’s electricity out.

“Last Thursday, a car went through my hedge into a trailer which then rammed into our caravan.

“I’m so angry as earlier that day I had my young nieces playing in there.”

Ms Roberts added: “It’s so traumatic and I think there will come a time when we will hear another crash and go outside to find a dead body.”

Resident John Sweetman, who previously campaigned to have the speed limit reduced from 60mph, said: “The people that speed along here are lunatics and lose control on the bend.

“I’ve had two cars end up in my garden. One morning I woke up to find a Peugeot on my front lawn.”

He added: “Another incident, a few years back, involved a girl being trapped in a burning car in a dyke along here.”

Residents have told The Standard they feel more warning signs need to be put up on the approach to a bend in the road near to where Ralphs Lane meets Spotfield Lane.

Ms Roberts said: “I have spoken to police, the county council and Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership (LRSP) on several occasions, but official statistics don’t reflect the true number of collisions happening here.”

A spokesman for LRSP said: “A speed survey was carried out earlier this year and indicated that speed was not an issue. Only 1.2 per cent of the 7,684 vehicles that travelled on that road in a five-day period were above the speed limit. Since then a number of incidents have occurred. Of the ones reported, from the last three years up to May 2012, five were slight injury and one was a serious injury. All of these incidents were due to driver error.”

He added: “However, we are consulting with Highway engineers who will inspect the road surface, signage and check visibility on the approaches. Once we have their findings we will know what course of action is appropriate to hopefully reduce the number of incidents.”

A police spokesman said road collisions are not officially recorded if there are no injuries or damage caused.