Readers of Real Whitby will remember the horrific accident which occurred on The Carrs, the road which connects Briggswath and Ruswarp.
The accident on the 27th January 2012 left Whitby woman Cheryl Jones fighting for her life, after being airlifted to hospital.
After a decade of campaigning by local residents, for improvements to be made to this road to reduce the risk to pedestrians, the road still scores so low on the improvement list kept by North Yorkshire County Council’s Highways Department, that other projects have taken priority.
David Bowe NYCC’s Corpororate Director, said at the time,
“There are many locations in the area that would benefit from alterations to improve road safety.
“Schemes are prioritised based on a number of factors,including the overall history of personal injury in the location over the past three years, the severity of the accident and inevitably the necessary costs involved in making any improvements.
While there has been this recent accident on The Carrs, there are currently locations across the area that suffer from worse accident histories and therefore score higher against the criteria.
It is therefore unlikely the county council will be in a position to pursue improvements on The Carrs in the near future.”
Bearing in mind this priority/improvement list, and the criteria used to assess the need for improvements/repairs to roads, it seems strange that in February, 2010, Bedlam Lane, in Staveley, near Knaresborough, a little used, dead end, farm track, was resurfaced, work which caused much concern locally, especially as Alan Jobling, a County Council Highways Manager, who lives in Staveley bought a field off Bedlam Lane, in 2009, in which he keeps horses.
Catherine Nichols, the president of Staveley Cricket Club, which has premises at the entrance to the lane, said,
“The road isn’t used too much at all, it is not a busy place, it’s a road to nowhere. I have no idea why the Council have chosen it, it has never been a problem for us and we have always been happy with the old arrangement, we don’t need this doing.”
Nick Stringer, chair of Staveley and Copgrove Parish Council said,
“It is a dead end and it seems weird it is being resurfaced, some of the roads are lethal at the moment, why does this have priority?”
Why is it then that a heavily trafficked and notoriously dangerous road, is lower on NYCC’s priority list than a dead end farm track which carries virtually no traffic?
I think that we should be told
Letter By Richard Ineson Of Whitby