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12,000 demand action on danger Sheffield road

Jasmyn Chan

Jasmyn Chan

Campaigners fighting for improved safety measures on the road in Sheffield where 14-year-old Jasmyn Chan was killed will put their case to councillors next week.

A full meeting of Sheffield Council will consider the call for a new controlled crossing on Normantion Hill, Intake, on Wednesday, July 2.

It comes after 11,800 people signed a petition calling for the debate following Jasmyn’s death.

Jasmyn, a Birley Community College student, was killed by a hit-and-run driver as she crossed Normanton Hill on May 9.

Hundreds of people paid their respects to Jasmyn at her funeral last month, including her friend Tia Tucker who Jasmyn pushed out of the way of the oncoming car.

A petition to improve safety on the road, which has a 30mph limit, was set up by local resident Sandra Bradley following Jasmyn’s death.

Sandra said people living beside the road have had safety concerns for ‘decades’ and that another tragedy must not be allowed to occur.

A total of 5,000 signatures is needed to trigger a council debate on an issue, but the campaign received a huge response with almost 12,000 people signing up in support.

Sandra said she was hopeful councillors would respond positively to the petition.

“The response has been overwhelming,” she said.

“As local residents, we have been trying to get the council to implement things on this road as individuals and nothing has happened.

“But now we have a community of thousands.

“With this tragic loss of life, something has got to come of it. This has got to be for Jasmyn.”

The petition reads: “We are concerned citizens and demand that Sheffield Council installs controlled crossings, speed restrictions and speed limits with immediate effect.

“We have grave concerns and have had concerns for many years regarding excessive speeds that vehicles achieve on Normanton Hill, which is a very busy stretch of road, compounded by narrow pavements and the concealed entrance to Richmond Park.

“This entrance is used Monday to Friday by local schoolchildren who attend Outwood Academy, dog walkers on a daily basis, and teenagers on Friday evenings, weekends and holidays. All who wish to access the concealed entrance to Richmond Park have to negotiate Normanton Hill.”

A 32-year-old man has been bailed in connection with Jasmyn’s death.

 

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