Campaigners are staging a ‘Slow it down Saturday’ demonstration on a speed-hit road in Nuneaton.
They will line Coleshill Road this Saturday afternoon (April 10) for an hour as part of their ongoing fight to get speed calming measures on the busy stretch of road.
It is the second time they have held such an event following the tragic death of Harley Jackson, a schoolboy who lost his life following an accident on the road.
The first event was held in November 2019 and now they are staging another as their campaign for better speed restrictions steps up a gear.
It will be held from 1pm-2pm and people are being urged to join in – albeit socially distanced.
“Despite excellent support from the police, as we have had the speed van here numerous times, we are all aware that they are not here all day and permanent improvements are required,” said a spokesman for the group.
“We can all unfortunately give examples of speeding vehicles and dangerous overtaking by reckless motorists coming through the village.
“Things are happening behind the scenes, but we need to keep up the momentum and show everyone that changes are needed on our main road. We cannot stop putting pressure on until we have traffic calming measures in place.
“Our village matters, our safety matters, our children matter. Please come and show your support Saturday.”
They added: “Just a reminder that we are still subject to lockdown restrictions and we need to be mindful of social distancing during the event. However, we do have a long road to spread ourselves across and it would be great to cover as much of the path as possible.”
‘For the love of Harley’
It has been 17 months since Hartshill School pupil Harley Jackson sadly lost his life.
The young boy was on his bike when he collided with a car on Coleshill Road on November 2, 2019.
He later died at University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire.
Campaigners vowed to make a change on the road in his name and, as reported, they have held talks with council officials over their plans for a speed camera or other measures.