Sealand Road campaigners: ‘Safety fears being ignored’

Reporter:

Hayley Collins and Lois Hough

VIRTUALLY no safety improvements have been made to a ‘danger road’ one year after a double death tragedy, according to a senior councillor.

This month marks the first anniversary since Danny Evans, 18, and Carl Sutton, 26, both of Connah’s Quay, were killed in separate accidents on Sealand Road.

Despite a high profile campaign to cut the speed limit and install street lighting, campaigners are calling for more to be done.

The highways department has raised the kerbs on some sections of the road, but campaigners say this is not enough.

Sealand councillor Chris Jones has been calling for years for the speed limit to be cut from 60mph to 40mph.

And despite a series of meetings with highways bosses following the double tragedy, she is furious that nothing has changed.

She said: “All they did was raise the kerbs in certain parts, but the problem is and always will be the speed.

“There has been no increase in signage, no street lighting, no speed cameras and no reduction in speed.

“They tell us they have no funding or it doesn’t meet the criteria, but how many fatalities does there need to be before it does meet the criteria?

“This is people’s lives they are playing with.”

Danny Evans was killed on February 15 when the car he was travelling in overturned close to the Elms Hotel.

Carl Sutton was killed less than a week later on February 21 when he lost control of his vehicle on the same stretch of road.

Following the tragedies Cllr Jones and Cllr David Wisinger launched a campaign calling for vital road safety improvements.

More than 2,500 also joined a Facebook group dubbed ‘Make Sealand Road a Safer Place’.

Cllr Jones added: “Between us we have tried every avenue, but we just keep going down blind alleys with these people and they don’t seem to take us seriously.

“There are so many near misses it is only a matter of time before someone else is killed.

“We need action and that is the disappointing part – we have had two fatalities and hardly any action.”

Cllr Jones says she will not give up the fight to get the safety improvements implemented. She added: “I feel so sorry for the mums and dads. I feel frustrated and angry so what must they be feeling? They have lost their sons and nothing has been done to rectify the road they were killed on.”

A Flintshire Council spokesman said: “White lines have been put in place on both sides of the road adjacent to the kerbs on the edge of the carriageway, these being particularly effective at night.

“This stretch of road can also be considered against criteria set in the recently published WAG (Welsh Assembly Government) guidelines for speed limits.”

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