An MP has set up a survey to seek the view of residents about the safety of a road where a teenager died in a crash.
Alberto Costa, Conservative MP for South Leicestershire, has issued the survey to more than 1,600 households in Stoney Stanton and Elmesthorpe to ask about the safety of the B581 Station Road which runs between the two villages.
The MP has been working with the area’s county councillor Maggie Wright and local campaigner John Taylor.
In 2008, John Taylor and his wife Louise were involved in an accident on the B581 between Elmesthorpe and Stoney Stanton. The driver of the other vehicle was prosecuted for driving without due care and attention.
In a cruel twist of fate their son Jareth’s girlfriend Leah Ryan was killed just 500 yards from the scene of their own accident, in January 2019.
The tragedy prompted John to start a campaign to lower the speed limit on sections of the road in a bid to prevent accidents and make the ones that do happen, less serious.
Mr Costa’s survey asks residents for their views on the safety of the B581 road and the measures they would like to see implemented, such as speed reduction or improvements to signage.
It also asks residents if they believe the speed limit through the village of Elmesthorpe, which is currently 40mph, should be reduced to 30mph.
“I have been very pleased to work closely with Maggie and John in putting this important survey together for my constituents in Stoney Stanton and Elmesthorpe,” said Mr Costa.
“I know this stretch of road has been a long-standing concern for local people in both villages, and I am delighted to be supporting John’s very worthwhile efforts in trying to improve the safety of the B581.
“John has been working tirelessly on this campaign following his own tragic personal experience, and as such, I would really encourage all constituents to please just take a few moments to complete my survey and return it accordingly to help make our communities safer”.
Leicestershire County Councillor Maggie Wright, said it was important to get the views of the residents.
“The safety of the B581, Station Road, has long been an issue of concern for local residents, and it is very important to capture resident’s views on this issue in order to identify the main source of worry and the safety measures local people would like to see introduced,” she said.
“My thanks to John for all of his hard work, and to Alberto for agreeing to launch this survey and I look forward to hearing the views of residents in Elmesthorpe and Stoney Stanton.”
Mr Costa appealed to people to fill in the survey.
“Improving road safety is always a priority among constituents and I am really delighted to be launching this survey to help make this country road safer for local people,” he said.
“Surveys will be arriving with constituents in the two villages from Monday March 1, and they have until Friday March 20 to return their completed survey to my constituency office via the freepost service.
“This survey is an opportunity for local people to have their voices heard and to help shape the future of their local community, so I do hope they will take the time to complete and return their survey.”