OUTRAGED readers have hit back after a homeowner said that he valued the price of his house over a life-saving road safety scheme.
Comments by David Wilkinson, of Lichfield Road, saw readers head to the Mail’s website to counteract his views that plans to introduce a speed limit and close dangerous gaps along a stretch of the A38 were ‘disgusting’ and would make his home ‘worthless’.
The pensioner further enraged people by saying that he did not agree that it was ‘more important to save lives by adding five miles onto a trip to the shops’ with the move.
One reader, using the username ‘Marie29’, said: “Well I work on that stretch of the A38 and it will add time onto my journey to work but I would rather that be the case than any more accidents or fatalities be caused by the gaps.
“They are dangerous and now the relevant authorities have actually listened to the public and taken action.
“I would sooner a journey to the shops take longer than being killed in a collision.”
An online poll conducted by the Mail saw more than 100 people take part in just over three hours.
Figures showed that 73.5 per cent of people disagreed with Mr Wilkinson’s comments with 26.5 per cent agreeing.
Online poster ‘WinceHill’ said:” This man is very selfish and quite out of touch with reality.
By coincidence I was speaking to a couple who live on the same stretch of road they say the changes cannot come soon enough.
“Get the gaps closed and save lives.”
The outcry over Mr Wilkinson’s comments came about after he objected to an exclusive story in the Mail revealing that highways bosses had decided to fast-track a raft of proposals to make the stretch of road between Branston and Barton under Needwood safer.
Mr Wilkinson, who has lived in his home for nearly 20 years, stood by his claims when he spoke to the Mail.
“The gaps and the speed limit will not be a good thing for the people living along this stretch.
“All my neighbours agree with me but still nothing will be done.
“Our lives are a living hell here but nobody cares about that.”