Action call after pensioner knocked down at Leeds accident blackspot

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Campaigners have made a renewed call for action after a pensioner was knocked down at an accident blackspot in Leeds.

An 85-year-old woman was hit by a car outside a parade of shops on Moortown Corner just before 10am. She was treated at the scene by paramedics and taken to hospital but her injuries were not thought to be life-threatening.

West Yorkshire Police attended the incident near a parade of shops just off Harrogate Road, Moortown where a pedestrian was knocked down following a collision with a motor vehicle.

West Yorkshire Police attended the incident near a parade of shops just off Harrogate Road, Moortown where a pedestrian was knocked down following a collision with a motor vehicle.

While the circumstances behind the incident are not yet clear, campaigners yesterday said it highlighted once again how dangerous the area is outside the shops, where pedestrians and cars share the same access. Val Cairn, of Moortown Community Group, said: “I’m very angry this has happened again. It’s absolutely appalling. It’s a desperate situation- it’s not safe. We were trying to work hard to stop any more serious injury and it looks like history repeats itself. “Perhaps someone will do something this time.

“Those of us who use it on a regular basis are used to jumping out of the way but older and more vulnerable people are the ones at risk. I feel like I’m banging my head against a wall, as do the rest of the community group.”

The land is privately-owned by a number of people and organisations, which Coun Rebecca Charlwood (Lab, Moortown), said has made resolving the issue difficult. She said: “We’re shocked to see another incident at Moortown Corner involving a pedestrian. We don’t know the entire issue [behind this incident] yet, but there have been accidents here in the past and we’re working with traders and local community groups to try and find a mutually agreeable solution - but that’s not easy because of ownership issues.”

A Leeds City Council spokesperson said: “We would firstly like to wish the lady involved in this accident a full and speedy recovery.

“While this particular piece of land is in private ownership, we are continuing to have discussions and explore a range of options with tenants, local representatives and the owners of the land in order to find a solution moving forward which is both suitable and acceptable to all parties involved.”

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