Families win road battle

Mitchell Mason, nine. Sheffield, at Weston Park, Sheffield. He suffered serious injuries in a road accident two months previous and is learning to walk and talk again
Mitchell Mason, nine. Sheffield, at Weston Park, Sheffield. He suffered serious injuries in a road accident two months previous and is learning to walk and talk again

A COMMUNITY campaign to improve road safety at the spot a nine-year-old boy was knocked down in Sheffield has succeeded in forcing the council to make changes.

Mitchell Mason received serious head injuries when he was hit on Harborough Avenue on the Manor in June.

Outraged residents started campaigning for action to be taken to improve safety at the accident blackspot - where five streets meet next to a park popular amongst children.

Now the council has responded by installing a speed indicator device on the street, which will tell motorists exactly how fast they are going before they pass the park.

The device has been paid for out of East Community Assembly funds.

Manor Castle Coun Terry Fox said: “Thank you to residents for keeping the pressure on and keeping us in the loop.

“It does help us make informed decisions and I hope residents can see the councillors and officers are endeavouring to get an agreement people agree with.”

Highways officers are also planning a speed awareness campaign for Harborough Avenue, warning signs, yellow lines, railings on the park and dropped kerbs off Fretson Road.

They are also designing a new crossing point for Harborough Avenue.

Mitchell is recovering well after head surgery.