Road safety ideas taken forward in Pilgrims Hatch

RESIDENTS’ road safety suggestions will be presented to county council officers following a packed meeting in Pilgrims Hatch last week.

More than 70 people gathered to discuss ideas about what can be done to improve road safety in the area where a horse rider recently lost her life.

The meeting, at Ashwells Country Club, Ashwells Road, began with a minute’s silence to show respect for 63-year-old Brentwood woman Jane Mitchinson, who was tragically killed.

Ms Mitchinson died after being involved in a collision in Ashwells Road at 9.50am on January 19.

Numerous suggestions were made at the two-hour meeting, including for a reduction in the speed limit, more police checks, a national horse-riding safety campaign and the re-introduction of grass verges.

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The accident was not discussed, as it is still the subject of a police investigation.

Cllr Vicky Davies, who co-organised the meeting, said: “My colleagues will be taking these positive suggestions to county council officers to start the ball rolling and I’m sure this will be the first of many meetings.

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“But it will take time to get everything in place.

She added: “We want something constructive to come out of this tragedy.”

Anyone with information about the incident on Ashwells Road is asked to contact police.

They should call the serious collision investigation unit on 0300 333 4444.

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