‘Something has to be done on this dangerous road’

MUCH LOVED Tributes left in Tempest Avenue, Waterlooville. Inset, Raymond Elsmore
MUCH LOVED Tributes left in Tempest Avenue, Waterlooville. Inset, Raymond Elsmore
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PEOPLE are demanding a safe crossing on a busy road following the death of a lollipop man.

Parents of schoolchildren and local residents say action is needed now to alleviate safety concerns along Tempest Avenue, in Waterlooville.

MUCH LOVED Raymond Elsmore

MUCH LOVED Raymond Elsmore

Every day cars queue up as they wait to get on to the A3(M), with pedestrians struggling to get across.

It comes as Raymond Elsmore, 82, of Florentine Way, Waterlooville, suffered fatal injuries when he was hit by a silver Nissan Micra near the junction of Tempest Avenue and Cornelius Drive at about 3.05pm last Wednesday.

He had worked for Queens Inclosure School for the last 13 years.

The exact circumstances of the crash are being investigated by police.

Last week PCSOs had to step in to get people safely across the road during rush hour.

Mum Penny Gale, 42, who sits on the PTA at Queens Inclosure School, said long-term measures – such as a pelican crossing – were needed.

Mrs Gale said: ‘They have to do something there because it’s so dangerous.

‘There has got to be some sort of crossing – it cannot be left like that.

‘It’s not good enough any more. How many people have to die before they put a proper crossing in there?’

Meanwhile, local resident David Ireson is starting a petition to get the speed limit reduced to 20mph.

The 27-year-old said: ‘I’ve only lived along the road for just over a year and already seen a lot of near misses and speeding.

‘I’ve never done anything like this but feel so strongly. I’m prepared to do what it takes to keep these kids and their parents safe.’

Councillor Mel Kendal, who oversees transport at Hampshire County Council, said: ‘At this stage we cannot speculate on the contributory factors that may have caused the accident and must wait until the police have concluded their investigation.

‘When a traffic incident results in a fatality we review the police investigation conclusions and work with them, and the borough council, as part of the Casualty Reduction Partnership to assess whether any further action is needed by the highway authority.’