Call for action after sisters have their third car written off
PUBLISHED: 17:41 13 September 2017 | UPDATED: 15:45 14 September 2017
A woman whose household have had three cars damaged in crashes outside their East Finchley home has called for urgent speed control measures.
In the latest accident, Sarah Higgison’s car was hit at around 4am on September 3 on Church Lane.
Over the past few years her sister, Jane Higgison, who she lives with, has had two of her cars written off as well as her garden wall and neighbours have reported similar accounts too.
Last weekend a car also crashed into neighbour Christos Malialis parked Mercedes, leaving it undrivable with a damaged wheel axle.
Despite a 20mph speed limit, which came into affect in Autumn 2013, Ms Higgison says that urgent action is required now.
“Every night we have boy racers who use it as a cut through to get to the high road,” she said.
“We may have a 20mph limit, but there is limited signage so people don’t know but they are going too fast anyway,” she added.
Ms Higgison said in the most recent incident, she had parked her car near her home at about 9pm on September 3. She was then woken up at around 4am to a loud bang which she described as: “like a bomb going off.”
Ms Higgison went outside and saw extensive damage to her car.
She said: “People drive way too quickly through the chicane at the junction with King Street.”
She proposes a ‘stop’ sign is placed on Church Lane at King Street to deter drivers from racing through.
Alison Moore, Labour councillor for East Finchley, has said the road has become too dangerous.
She said: “Because it is a downhill road, it is a tremendous encouragement to speed. It is such an inappropriate road.
“We finally got the 20mph speed limit but there are still a minority of irresponsible drivers that don’t obey the limit and go too fast and lose control,” she said.
Ms Moore added: “It’s a miracle that nobody has been seriously hurt.”
Cllr Dean Cohen, chairman of Barnet Council’s Environment Committee said: “While there are no current plans to change the traffic conditions on Church Lane we did implement a reduction of the speed limit from 30 to 20mph and the council will investigate further options to increase safety on Church Lane.”