Call for action after four cars smash into Radcliffe garden wall in just six months

Peter Harlick and his damaged garden wall

Peter Harlick and his damaged garden wall

First published in News The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

A bend in a Radcliffe road has proved so dangerous a homeowner has seen four cars smash into his garden wall in the past six months.

Drivers coming round the corner of Dumers Lane and Bury Street have caused damage worth more than £2,800 to the wall outside Peter Harlick’s home.

The 49-year-old, who has lived in the house opposite Radcliffe Hall Primary School for 20 years, fears someone will be killed and is calling for speed bumps to be installed.

He says he no longer uses his front door because it is not safe enough to do so.

Mr Harlick, an ex-funeral director, said he feels “let down” by Bury Council’s failure to implement traffic calming measures after he flagged up the accident hotspot with the authority.

His wall was most recently damaged on August 1 at about 1pm after a 53-year-old female driver lost control of her vehicle, which was possibly due to oil on the road.

He said: “I heard a bang. Someone had hit the kerb with their car going round the corner but, luckily, they missed my house.

“Then, just 20 minutes later, a car veered off the road and crashed into the wall right at the front of the garden, knocking it down completely.

“Cars and motorbikes come absolutely steaming around the bend, especially at night.

“It is such a dangerous stretch of road. Nobody has been seriously injured yet, but that is just pure luck. Anything could happen, especially with there being a school just across the road.”

A similar crash happened in February, when a car ended up in Mr Harlick’s front garden, and vehicles struck the wall twice in July.

Mr Harlick was able to claim on the driver’s car insurance after the first crash, but since then has relied on home insurance or has paid for repairs himself, to avoid excess charges and increased premiums.

He added: “I do not use the front door of my house any more. It is too dangerous. I use the back door and park at the back.

“I have flagged it up with Bury Council and have not had a response — I feel very let down.

“For every crash, there has been there have probably been hundreds of near-misses. Somebody is going to get killed. It is just a question of when it will happen.”

A council spokesman said a part-time advisory 20mph speed limit was being considered for outside Radcliffe Hall Primary, but he could not confirm when this would be in place.

He added: “We are not aware of any previous complaints from this particular resident. We have had inquiries from other Bury Street residents, but none have mentioned walls being demolished.”

Part-time advisory speed limits outside schools must be indicated by flashing amber hazard warning lights and a “children crossing” warning side on the approach.

They are only in operation during the hours before and after school and, otherwise, the speed limit in Bury Street would remain at 30mph.

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10:49am Thu 14 Aug 14

shakencity says...

I asked for the very same measures to be introduced on my street last year, as 3 cars had ended up in mine and my neighbours garden within the space of 6mths.....it's also used as a race track in late evenings by numpty scallies.
The council put temporary speed signs up for 2mths, but nothing's changed. They will only introduce "traffic calming measures" when someone is killed. Useless!!
I asked for the very same measures to be introduced on my street last year, as 3 cars had ended up in mine and my neighbours garden within the space of 6mths.....it's also used as a race track in late evenings by numpty scallies. The council put temporary speed signs up for 2mths, but nothing's changed. They will only introduce "traffic calming measures" when someone is killed. Useless!! shakencity
  • Score: 11

1:22pm Thu 14 Aug 14

yollom says...

It's not the bend that's dangerous, that bend has been there for over 100 years. It's drivers taking the bend too fast as they do with the one at the other end of Bury Street at Top o The Cross.
Signs restricting speeds won't make a difference as a car taking that bend at the speed limit shouldn't spin out and hit those walls anyway as they are considerably past the bend.
It's not the bend that's dangerous, that bend has been there for over 100 years. It's drivers taking the bend too fast as they do with the one at the other end of Bury Street at Top o The Cross. Signs restricting speeds won't make a difference as a car taking that bend at the speed limit shouldn't spin out and hit those walls anyway as they are considerably past the bend. yollom
  • Score: 6

3:07pm Thu 14 Aug 14

xBuryGirlx says...

Spot on Shakencity. This country always does nothing until the worst happens! Too little too late!
Spot on Shakencity. This country always does nothing until the worst happens! Too little too late! xBuryGirlx
  • Score: 3

8:08am Fri 15 Aug 14

AndyBury says...

They wont spend OUR money on anything that benefits us , yet they will all sit there talking about it , and then go and cliam their expences
They wont spend OUR money on anything that benefits us , yet they will all sit there talking about it , and then go and cliam their expences AndyBury
  • Score: 2

9:18am Sat 16 Aug 14

Miloman says...

That section of road is very dangerous , I think even when you know the bends you have to drive with cation.
Also first thing in the morning when the sun is rising it shines on the road right where the lollipop person crosses the children . This is also very dangerous. Sometimes with the suns glare you can not see on that section of road.
Maybe put a pelican crossing there.
That section of road is very dangerous , I think even when you know the bends you have to drive with cation. Also first thing in the morning when the sun is rising it shines on the road right where the lollipop person crosses the children . This is also very dangerous. Sometimes with the suns glare you can not see on that section of road. Maybe put a pelican crossing there. Miloman
  • Score: 0

11:38am Sat 16 Aug 14

philh99 says...

The bend or road is not dangerous, it's the drivers that are. I have worked on Dumers lane and use that road twice a day for over 14 years. have a crashed no, because I drive within my limits and the road conditions.
The bend or road is not dangerous, it's the drivers that are. I have worked on Dumers lane and use that road twice a day for over 14 years. have a crashed no, because I drive within my limits and the road conditions. philh99
  • Score: 0

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