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Make Christchurch High Street a car-free zone, say residents
RESIDENTS are campaigning to make Christchurch High Street a car-free zone following a fatal collision involving a 79-year-old pedestrian.
Stan Rogers died after being involved in a collision with a lorry whilst crossing Christchurch High Street on the junction of Fountain roundabout on September 20.
Christchurch residents are now calling for the hub of the town to be pedestrianised to minimise the danger to the elderly population.
Edwina Fooks, 83, said: “The situation is beyond a joke, it is an absolute nightmare. Walking around that part of Christchurch is so dangerous for elderly people because the pavements are so small and often cars don’t watch out enough for pedestrians.
“The High Street is a car-free zone on a Monday for the market and it works really well then, so I don’t understand why the High Street isn’t permanently pedestrianised like in Boscombe and Poole.”
Resident Roger Townsend, 66, who knew Stan for around 10 years, raised the issue of the elderly population in Christchurch.
The town of Christchurch has a higher percentage of retired residents than any other area in the whole country.
Roger said: “The High Street is always incredibly busy and I believe it is very dangerous for the elderly residents trying to cross.”
Councillor Peter Hall, who has recently been campaigning to improve the safety of Fountain roundabout, said: “We would have to wait for a full consultation and discussions between traders and residents to see if pedestrianisation of the High Street would be viable.”
Joseph Crabtree from Christchurch Chamber of Trade and Commerce said he was not able to provide a comment until he has discussed the issue with traders and the Chamber.
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