Little Downham residents call public meeting following two fatal collisions on busy main road

PUBLISHED: 11:11 30 April 2013 | UPDATED: 11:50 30 April 2013

Samantha Clarke

Samantha Clarke


THE safety of a key route linking Ely with Little Downham is to be discussed at a public meeting tomorrow night (Friday) following two fatal collisions in four years.

The B1411 links Little Downham to the A10 and Ely but has become a cause for concern among residents and parish councillors in recent months.

Dawn Healy, 23, died when her car was involved in a collision on the busy road on February 25. Her one-year-old daughter Lilly was uninjured in the incident.

Her death follows that in 2009 of 18-year-old student Samantha Clarke, who died as a result of injuries sustained in a collision on the same road.

In a bid to address the issue, Amanda Mays, road safety officer at Cambridgeshire County Council, has been invited by Little Downham Parish Council to public meeting to be held from 7pm at the village hall, in Main Street.

A spokesman for Cambridgeshire County Council said: “This road does not have a particularly bad accident record and the two fatal accidents occurred at different locations.

“But we are aware of the concerns expressed by the community and we are happy to continue discussions on what changes could be made, including how any such changes could be funded with a contribution by local organisations or the community.

“A council officer has accepted an invitation to a public meeting, where road safety issues will be discussed and the officer will listen carefully to any requests or representations which will be reported back to the council for further consideration.”

Ms Mays has requested any questions be sent prior to the meeting, so that answers can be prepared in advance. If anyone has questions, please contact the clerk to Little Downham Parish Council, Jacqueline Wardle, on 01353 649499.

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