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Council 'lost count' of times it asked county council to lower speed limit after fatal crashes

PUBLISHED: 09:48 06 September 2019 | UPDATED: 09:48 06 September 2019

Flowers left at scene following fatal crash on A1075 at Hockham. PIC: Emily Thomson.

Flowers left at scene following fatal crash on A1075 at Hockham. PIC: Emily Thomson.

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A village council says it has lost count of the amount of times it has complained about the number of crashes on a notorious Norfolk road.

Police at the scene of a crash on the A1075 at Wretham. Picture: Marc BettsPolice at the scene of a crash on the A1075 at Wretham. Picture: Marc Betts

Wretham Parish Council has written to Norfolk County Council again following three deaths on the A1075 in the past four months.

On Saturday, April 20 Dovydas Sapalas, 33, died in a collision on the A1075 Thetford Road, just four days before his 34th birthday.

Andrew and Jean Crawford died on Wednesday, August 28, after a collision involving their white Kia Rio and a blue Peugeot 206 on the same stretch of road, at Hockham.

The council has been using a SAM2 device to monitor the amount of motorists and their speed.

Police at the scene of a crash on the A1075 at Wretham. Picture: Marc BettsPolice at the scene of a crash on the A1075 at Wretham. Picture: Marc Betts

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Julian Gibson has been the council's clerk for the past 12 years. He said that NCC does not seem aware of how many motorists use the road.

He said: "They [NCC] may not be aware of the volume of traffic which use the A1075 nowadays, and pointed out that our SAM2 had clocked a daily average of 2,911 vehicles during last month in one direction compared with only 1,599 in November 2013."

Mr Gibson said that the average speed on the road was 42mph with the highest speed clocked at 70mph, but it is not known if this was an emergency vehicle.

"I have lost count of the number of times I have written to NCC Highways on behalf of the council asking for reductions in the speed limit, all to no avail," he added.

"I have also on several occasions used the data collected by the SAM2 to try to get the police to put in an appearance and carry out some enforcement, and, to give them their due, they had often attended for a few occasions, although as other drivers will insist in warning vehicles driving towards them, this is not as effective as it should be."

NCC sent a reply to the council explaining that safety officers had attended and checked to fatal crash site of Mr and Mrs Crawford to make sure signs, road markings and conditions were appropriate.

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