Dad fears a child will die on Padiham ‘racetrack’ road

SAFETY FEARS: Wayne Wood would like to see a 20mph speed limit introduced outside his home in Cambridge Drive, Padiham.
SAFETY FEARS: Wayne Wood would like to see a 20mph speed limit introduced outside his home in Cambridge Drive, Padiham.

A Padiham dad is campaigning to put the brakes on speeding drivers he says are endangering children’s lives outside his home.

Wayne Wood (38) says youngsters playing out are being put at risk by motorists using Cambridge Drive as a “racetrack”.

The father-of-two fears that unless action is taken a child could be hurt or even killed along the stretch of road.

Now Wayne and his neighbour vowed to take action to change the speed limit to 20mph and have rallied parents in the community.

He said: “It is an absolute menace. Everyone on the street has got young kids. There are cars speeding up and down all the time. It is horrendous. I was doing my garden and a big powerful car rocketed down the street and I just thought ‘that is enough!’” He has taken a petition letters around houses in the community to gather support. He said: “The council seems to have put 20mph speed limits everywhere else but where they are most needed on our road they have not put them in place. I will gather 1,000 signatures if that’s what it takes.”

Coun. Bob Clark, of nearby Rossall Close, said: “As a resident I feel it’s very unsafe. It has been a problem for a long time. It’s an accident waiting to happen.”

Paul Binks, road transport safety manager, said: “Cambridge Drive is included in the 20mph scheme for Burnley and construction is due to take place in the coming weeks. We’ve already been working with police and communities in areas where speeding continues to be a concern.”