Villagers urge wind farm firms to reconsider HGV plans after fatal crash at accident blackspot
PUBLISHED: 22:56 21 May 2019 | UPDATED: 08:19 22 May 2019
People in a village hit by a string of crashes and a fatal car accident are urging firms planning to bring wind farms to Norfolk’s coastline not to send hundreds of lorries through their streets.
Floral tributes appeared at the scene of a fatal crash in Cawston on Tuesday after a car driving on the B1145 collided with railings above Mariotts Way.
The driver, a man in his 50s, died at the scene after his silver Mercedes left the road and crashed into a fence and wall, while a female passenger escaped with minor injuries.
Tributes were paid to the man on social media, including from Cawston Parish Church, who posted on Facebook on Monday: "So sad to hear confirmation of the accident last night in Cawston. Please pray for those involved."
Parish council chairman Brian Schuil said: "We extend our condolences to his family. We are deeply sorry someone has lost their life."
But Mr Schuil said the road where the crash took place, on Sunday, May 19, had been the scene of repeated accidents.
"There do seem to have been quite a few times where people have hit the wall," he said.
"That bridge was always getting hit. That's been hit and a pillar - weighing several tonnes - was knocked down onto Marriott's Way a couple of years ago.
"I've been away from the village for ten days and we've had three accidents."
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Mr Schuil, 73, added: "The other thing I can say is we are aware over the coming years we have got wind farm traffic from Orsted and Vattenfall coming through here.
"Over the last eight months as a council we've been trying to tell Orsted and Vattenfall that the road is not fit for purpose for 250 heavy goods vehicles.
"We are 100pc wind farms but not 100pc all that traffic.
"Perhaps the powers that be will look at this and think perhaps the councillors are correct."
Ruari Lean, from Vattenfall, said: "This is a tragic accident and our thoughts are with the family and loved ones of those involved.
"We think it's important the police are given space and time to complete their investigations.
"Therefore we do not feel it is appropriate to comment."
An Orsted spokesperson said: "We are deeply saddened to hear about this tragic accident in Cawston, and our thoughts are with all those impacted by this incident.
"With regards to future HGV movements along this route, Cawston Parish Council's concerns have been heard.
"We have been liaising with them, and other organisations to develop our plans as we value local knowledge, and have already adapted our proposed traffic management plans which are subject to approval from the local Highway Authority.
"Should the project go ahead, any potential traffic would not be for several years, and an up to date safety assessment will of course be undertaken at the time. We have a strong track record in the safe construction of all our offshore wind farms."