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New campaign needed over crash-ridden road

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: April 28, 2014

Brian Storer - wants speed limit lowering on Cadley Lane after several accidents there.

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A 67-YEAR-OLD man who campaigned to improve a dangerous road which claimed the life of Keith Poynton has said the fight needs to restart.

Brian Storer said a sadness had been triggered in him when he heard that Mr Poynton had been killed when the Ferrari he had been driving hit a tree in Caldwell Road, near Drakelow, earlier this month.

In 2008 Mr Storer, of Princess Avenue, Linton, launched a campaign in a bid to get Derbyshire County Council to resurface the road and nearby Cadley Lane, along with the installation of more signs and a speed reduction to 50mph.

While the road was resurfaced, following county council discussions with the police, the speed limit was not reduced.

Mr Storer said: “When I heard about Keith it triggered a sadness in me.

“That road is just too bendy anyway. Just last weekend there was another crash at the crossroads because there are not enough signs warning people of the crossroads.

“It is a sad road.”

Mr Storer instigated the original campaign following a crash involving three cars during heavy rainfall, and in a tragic prelude, said something needed to be done before someone was killed.

He said at the time: “I don’t do more than 40mph down there because I know how dangerous it is.

“More signage needs to go up and the speed limit reduced to 50mph.

“I just hope there’s not an accident with a kiddy in it because someone is going to get killed.”

Since Mr Poynton’s car crash, in which his son, Derbyshire wicketkeeper, Tom, was passenger, the county council has said it will take any action needed once the cause of the crash has been established.

Mr Storer says: “We need a meeting on the road with the county council and the police. Very often I have seen cars doing 70 to 80mph up that road and the signs are not clear enough.”

The red Ferrari Mr Poynton, of Main Street, Rosliston, was driving went ‘head on into a tree’ the opening of an inquest revealed. The vehicle belonged to Chris Grant, chairman of Derbyshire County Cricket Club who had known the 57-year-old for five or six years.

An inquest into his death has been adjourned until a later date.

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