FEB 00] SPON END FORUM PRESS RELEASE
Local Residents Fear More Fatalities On Spon End / The ButtsFears of Spon End residents have risen following a second tragic
road accident in Spon End/The Butts in just seven weeks.
One person was killed and two injured when their
vehicle left the road on Saturday night.
This follows a serious accident on the same stretch of road
at New Year. Eighteen months ago an elderly gentleman was also run over by a police car
whilst crossing the Spon End pedestrian crossing.
For a number of years residents have objected to City
Council plans to widen the roadway through Spon End/the Butts.
The Spon End Forum now aims to launch a campaign against
road widening and its redesignation as an 'A' road. Local residents fear that this will
increase both traffic volume and traffic speeds through one of the most historic areas of
Increased speeds will lead to more serious accidents along
what is already a dangerous stretch of road.
Plans for the resiting of a new rugby ground on the Butts
stadium site currently include plans to widen the road, whilst the new Coventry
Development Plan includes proposals to make the Spon End a major roadway.
Residents have called for measures to control traffic
speeds through the area, including road narrowing and traffic calming and the creation of
a new conservation area.
The Spon End Forum extends its sympathies to the families
of those involved in Saturday's road accident.
Kevin Noble, Spon End Forum 024 76