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CECIL ROSEN COURT: Assisted living residents in Bushey reach boiling point over plea for road safety measures (VIDEO)

 Published on: 14th May 2024   |   By: Annabel Stock   |   Category: Uncategorized

Residents at an assisted living property in Bushey are becoming increasingly desperate after their five-year campaign for increased road safety has been repeatedly overlooked.

Residents at Cecil Rosen Court in Bushey, a property housing 70 elderly and disabled residents, have been on a quest for several years to persuade the council to install a pedestrian crossing between the property and the Tesco across the road and remove a parking spot outside the entrance to the home.

Residents say the parking space blocks their view when driving out of the property, making exiting unsafe. They have repeatedly asked the council to remove the single space and place yellow lines along the road. Meanwhile, the closest shop to the home is a Tesco across a busy road which is too dangerous for the residents to cross. The nearest crossing is too far away for most residents to get to – “either put furniture on the pavement so we can have a rest on the way to the current crossing, or instal a pedestrian crossing nearer!” laughs resident Howard Marks.

Speaking to BUSHEYnews, Howard said: “We have been actively addressing this dangerous situation by contacting our MP, Oliver Dowden, our local councillors, Seamus Quilty and Paul Morris, together with the local police, Hertsmere BC and Hertfordshire CC. We have been mostly ignored in our complaints.

“The standard response from the councillors is that as no one has yet been seriously injured or killed, we do not meet the requirements for them to do something. I have asked for volunteers but no one is prepared to be an exemplary accident or casualty, and understandably so!

“It’s all about road safety…it’s not right and it’s not fair. We have asked our councillors to help us, and we just get nowhere. We are fed up with it. All we want is a little bit of assistance to help 70 elderly and disabled people cross the road safely and exit their property safely.”

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