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Owner furious after another car hits Workington wall

A Workington man has been left with a gaping six-foot hole in his wall and a £7,000 bill – just a fortnight after he spent £2,000 to repair it.

John Hetherington
John Hetherington

On Monday, a Ford Focus driven by a woman in her 20s, collided with a wall on the A596 at Castle Gardens where John Hetherington runs Glyndale Kennels.

The impact resulted in a 6ft hole in the wall, just two weeks after Mr Hetherington, 44, had it rebuilt after an accident in February.

Mr Hetherington spent about £2,000 repairing the wall and he now thinks it will cost between £6,000 and £7,000 to fix this time, as both the railing and wall were completely demolished where the car hit.

The driver was taken to West Cumberland Hospital, Whitehaven, to be checked over but was not seriously injured.

He said: “It was just lucky we weren’t walking the dogs. Another half hour and I would have been walking them.

“Something needs doing now. It’s getting beyond a joke.”

This is the sixth time this year there has been an accident on that stretch of the road and in 2009 there was 10 in the space of seven days.

Mr Hetherington claimed the county council had repeatedly told him that the notorious stretch of road was “under review”.

He has been asking the council since 2009 to investigate how to make it safer.

He was told in February that a case for a lower speed limit would be presented to Cumbria Highways.

But the county council said that this was just one of 800 requests logged as part of Allerdale’s community travel plan initiative.

Mr Hetherington added: “All I want is a 10-minute meeting or a phone call. I would be happy if they would tell me why they won’t reduce the speed limit.”

Two electronic slow down signs were erected in 2009 but were no longer working, said Mr Hetherington.

A county spokesman said: “The request for a speed limit change at Castle Gardens has been logged.

“Due to budget constraints we must assess whether the requests are affordable to the council.

“We understand that accidents that have occurred at Castle Gardens have been minor. We have a duty to prioritise, with the most dangerous areas being the top of the list.”

Have your say

Why should the house owner be out of pocket,as a result of an irresponsible driver?

Posted by Beverley on 20 April 2012 at 21:17

edd, you are so naive, driving at 60 around that bend is the simplest of things, I have been round it at 60 in qwet weather, I reckon Nigel could go round that bend at 100mph.

The road at Distington is even easier to drive round unless of course you are just one of those drivers who have learnt to passs a test and not how to drive a car.

Posted by andy on 17 April 2012 at 20:10

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