Accident prompts safety campaign

Injured Harley pictured with his mum Stacey Walker
Injured Harley pictured with his mum Stacey Walker

A CAMPAIGN to get traffic calming measures in a Hampden Park cul-de-sac has been launched after a five-year-old boy was hit by a car.

Young Harley Ripley was enjoying his half-term holiday from Hampden Park Infant School, playing with his friends and cousins in Gladstone Close, when the incident happened on February 21.

The youngster is reported to have come out in to the road from between two parked cars before being hit. He was taken to the DGH by ambulance with an injury to his foot.

Harley’s mum Stacey Walker said, “He was really, really upset. He wouldn’t stop shaking when we got to the hospital and didn’t calm down for a couple of hours.”

Luckily Harley did not break any bones but he still has a bandage around his foot, is not allowed to walk outside and has been suffering from an infection in the wound.

Ms Walker added, “All the children who play outside know how to cross the road but it is hard for the drivers and children to see each other because there are so many parked cars.”

The incident has prompted residents living in and near the street to raise their concerns. Annette Spence, who has lived in Gladstone Close for around 16 years, has helped set up a petition with her husband John to get speed bumps and other traffic calming measures in the residential cul-de-sac.

Mrs Spence said, “Since they did the traffic calming in Hampden Park village, there are less parking spaces and the commuters are all parking up in our road.

“Children can’t see round the corners because of the parked cars. It was an accident waiting to happen.”

The Herald understands police and ambulance crews had trouble getting to Harley on February 21 due to the parked vehicles.

Mrs Spence and her husband knocked on doors in the area and collected more than 50 signatures for their petition calling implement traffic calming measures.

Councillor Mike Thompson backs residents campaign and has written to the county council to raise his concerns.

He said he had visited the Close and added, “With the number of very young children playing in the car parking areas I think there is a very real chance of something more serious happening.”