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14-year-old Norton Hill crash victim wins backing for new crossing at spot where he was injured

By Somerset Guardian  |  Posted: December 05, 2013

Fourteen-yearold Josh Waterson with Midsomer Norton Town mayor, Councillor Paul Myers, Westfield parish council chairman, Councillor Geoff Fuller, and Midsomer Norton Town councillor Steve Plumley

Fourteen-yearold Josh Waterson with Midsomer Norton Town mayor, Councillor Paul Myers, Westfield parish council chairman, Councillor Geoff Fuller, and Midsomer Norton Town councillor Steve Plumley

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A 14 year-old schoolboy has won the support of town councillors in his push for a new crossing at the spot where he was injured in an accident.

Norton Hill student Josh Waterson ended up in hospital after being involved in the accident in Silver Street in Midsomer Norton two years ago.

After witnessing another incident involving a motorbike several weeks ago, the teenager decided something needed doing to improve safety for the hundreds of youngsters who cross Silver Street on their way to and from schools in the town.

Josh, who underwent several operations on his leg and spent time in a wheelchair, wants to see a crossing at the Midsomer Norton end of the cycle path with Silver Street.

Plans for a crossing paid for with money put up by developers of the Alcan site for improvements in the area are already in the pipeline but Josh wants to see work speeded up.

He met councillors from Midsomer Norton Town Council and Westfield Parish Council to press his case.

On Monday he told the town council that he was increasingly worried about the traffic near the school.

He said: "I am increasingly worried about trying to cross Silver Street.

"A lot of pedestrians and cyclists cross every day and I am worried about their safety."

Midsomer Norton mayor, Councillor Paul Myers said there had been a number of accidents at Silver Street, at the point where children and cyclists crossed and the council should do everything it could to push the case for work to start soon.

Westfield parish councuil chairman Councillor Geoff Fuller has already pledged his support.

Councillor Steve Plumley said that with the number of children crossing each day it was "another accident waiting to happen."

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