Dagenham residents raise concerns over road safety

PUBLISHED: 10:58 18 June 2018 | UPDATED: 11:15 18 June 2018

Dame Margaret Hodge, MP for Barking, at a street meeting with Hedgemans Road residents. Picture: Alex Shaw

Dame Margaret Hodge, MP for Barking, at a street meeting with Hedgemans Road residents. Picture: Alex Shaw

Alex Shaw

Dangerous driving and cars speeding through a Dagenham street around the clock cost residents sleep and fray nerves, locals complain.

Residents along Hedgemans Road held a street meeting on Friday over road safety.

Barking MP Dame Margaret Hodge, Goresbrook ward Cllrs Simon Bremner and Irma Freeborn, and representatives for the police and council joined locals to discuss the issue.

“My wife’s parents moved away from the corner of Chaplin Road on Hedgemans 27 years ago because of speeding when a young baby was killed,” said Hedgemans Road resident Mark Hyams, 24, whose wife Stephanie, 26, originally wrote to the Labour MP.

Council operations manager John Walker agreed to report back in one month on whether road safety measures could be improved.

As the meeting drew to a close less than an hour later, Dame Margaret turned to a debate of national importance.

“Who’s watching Love Island?” asked the former chair of the public accounts committee.

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