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Petition seeks 20mph limit along Sunnyside and speed cameras after cat is killed in Diss




Hundreds of people have signed a petition calling for traffic restrictions on a busy Diss street after a man’s cat was killed by a motorist.

On Tuesday evening, Jason Bottomley’s nine-year-old cat, Tigger, was hit by a car on Sunnyside, prompting the 47-year-old to set up a petition demanding greater safety measures.

The plastics engineer said he was informed of Tigger’s death late on Tuesday evening. Tigger is thought to have been struck at around 7pm.

Tigger, who was killed by a motorist this week. Picture: Jason Bottomley (48351434)
Tigger, who was killed by a motorist this week. Picture: Jason Bottomley (48351434)

The father-of-two is now urging authorities to introduce a speed camera along the road, as well as reduce the speed limit from 30 miles per hour to 20mph.

After setting up a petition on Wednesday morning – less than 12 hours after burying his cat – Mr Bottomley has already gathered more than 250 signatures, drawing on a growing frustration about the traffic measures along the road, which is only a stone’s throw from Diss High School.

“It keeps going around and around, and nobody wants to do anything about it, because money has to be spent,” he said.

Mr Bottomley's petition has collected more than 250 signatures. Picture: Mark Bullimore
Mr Bottomley's petition has collected more than 250 signatures. Picture: Mark Bullimore

“I have said it all along: this road is dangerous. In the evening, when the traffic dies down, you have got people flying down here.

“We want a speed camera – they have got to do it, and the speed limit needs to be reduced.

“This road is used by school children, and most schools have a 20mph limit around them.

“This is the first road they divert traffic, too. “I’m not going to give up with this until I get something done.

“Tigger was only a cat to most people, but to me he was everything.What it going to be next, a child?”

In response to the petition, a spokesman for Norfolk Constabulary said: “Officers in our safer neighbourhood team are aware of residents’ concerns about speeding on Sunnyside.

“It’s also an issue that we’ve discussed with the town council.

“The next step is to look at existing data and gather new information so we can better understand the number of accidents happening on that stretch of road, as well as the severity of these collisions.

“Diss doesn’t currently have a Community Speed Watch team and there are many locations around the town that could benefit from this initiative, both as a form of prevention and because of the key collection data it provides.

“Officers would be keen to help residents set up a Community Speed Watch project.”

To sign Mr Bottomley's petition, click here.



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