Proposals to improve safety at Leeds accident blackspot

The scene of an accident at Moortown Corner last year
The scene of an accident at Moortown Corner last year
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Improvements for pedestrians at an accident blackspot are to be discussed at a community meeting.

The planned changes outside shops at Moortown Corner are top of the agenda at Moortown Community Group’s annual meeting on July 12.

As previously reported in the Yorkshire Evening Post, calls for action have been made over the area outside a parade of shops where pedestrians and cars share the same access.

Last year a pensioner was hit by a car there and Jon Doyle, a member of the Moortown Community Group committee, said that was one of three accidents there over the past two years.

“Two of them have been quite serious, where people have been hospitalised for a number of days,” he said.

“What we have tasked ourselves with is trying to make that south parade a safer place.”

Mr Doyle said several possible designs had been developed and Leeds City Council’s Highways Department had identified the preferred one.

The land in front of the shops is privately owned by each of the business or building owners so now negotiations are ongoing, as “substantial” investment will be needed to fund the improvements.

“It’s going to substantially improve the parade,” Mr Doyle added.

“We are doing our best to facilitate this change, there are so many different stakeholders and they have different views on it.

“I believe it can be done.

“The impetus is there because of these accidents to make it safer.”

Other issues to be discussed at the meeting include plans and fundraising for a community garden in Moortown, the latest on Moortown Park and Moortown in Bloom.

The event takes place at the Queen’s Hall on Harrogate Road at 7.30pm on July 12.

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