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Former mayor calls for roadside clean-up after motorcyclist's death
A FORMER mayor is urging the authorities to remove large blocks from the roadside in the wake of the tragic death of motorcyclist Jeremy Edwards.
Darren Hayday, ex-High Wycombe Mayor, believes Buckinghamshire County Council and police should team up to clear large objects placed on verges and pavements by residents trying to prevent people parking outside their homes.
The keen motorcyclist believes the authorities could hand out or sell plastic cones to residents, in a bid to prevent another tragedy from happening.
In an open letter, Mr Hayday said: “I would like to raise the issue as to why nothing is done jointly by the police and BCC to remove these types of blocks and rocks from outside people’s properties.
“It is time the council provided plastic bollards, as they do in parts of Sands, as normally these stretches of land are owned by BCC or the home owner.
“I have no problem with people looking to stop cars from parking outside their homes, but something should be done before someone else loses their life.
“What would have happened if one of these blocks were thrown off the nearby motorway bridge?”
Mr Edwards was travelling along Daws Hill Lane on his Honda CBR bike at about 6.30am on October 7 when he hit a concrete block ‘deliberately’ placed in the middle of the road, police told the Bucks Free Press last week.
Officers said the block had been moved about eight-feet after previously being embedded in the roadside to prevent motorists from parking on a verge. No-one has been arrested as yet.
Mr Hayday said he had to mount a grass verge in Sands last winter. He hit a concrete block, hidden in the snow, which damaged his car.
He added: “I wrote to BCC and they disputed that it was not their fault even though I know that the land that the rock was on, was owned by them.
“This seems to be a very grey area in the law and one which should be dealt with rather than a blind eye given by both organisations.”
Transport for Buckinghamshire’s Rosemary Bryant told the BFP that as the concrete block was not ‘roadside furniture’ and TfB it had not dealt with any collisions such as Mr Edwards’ before, no suggestions had been made.