Tragic dad at Downing Street
Campaigners call for end to shared spaces
The father of tragic Moodiesburn toddler Clinton Pringle visited Downing Street yesterday.
Former Advertiser reporter Michael Pringle was invited to join safety campaigners as they handed in a petition to the Prime Minister calling for an end to shared-space road schemes. Three-yearold Clinton was killed last summer while on holiday in Jersey after being struck by a van while walking on a shared-space road.
The father of a three-yearold Moodiesburn boy killed by a van driver in Jersey has gone to Downing Street to hand over a petition to Prime Minister Theresa May.
Clinton Pringle was visiting family while on holiday with his mum Stacey, when he was struck on a shared-space road when entering a park in June last year.
He died in hospital three days after being run over by the Volkswagen vehicle.
Despite admitting using her phone to text less than a minute before hitting Clinton, driver Rebekah Le Gal was cleared of causing his death by dangerous driving.
She did admit a lesser charge of causing death by careless driving and was handed an eight-month suspended sentence and a driving ban in July.
Clinton’s dad Michael travelled to Number 10 yesterday for the opening day of parliament as part of a delegation to hand over a petition letter calling for an end to shared-space road schemes similar to the one where his son was killed.
Michael told the Advertiser: “These shared-space areas can be confusing for pedestrians and drivers alike.
“When you blur the lines of distinction between pavement and road then you increase the probability of accidents and fatalities.
“Drivers need to be more vigilant when approaching these types of areas but as our family has found out, that isn’t always the case.
“Clinton paid with his life and the people who plan and implement these types of spaces have his blood on their hands.
“These shared-space areas may look nice on the eye but there is no substitute for proper pavements and controlled crossings.
“Believe me, there is nothing nice about looking at your child fight for his life in a hospital intensive care unit.”
He continued: “Despite acquitting Le Gal of the more serious charge, the judge who presided over the trial agreed that she should have been extra vigilant given that she was driving towards and through a shared-space area where vulnerable road users were present.
“He also pointed out that the area and the road layout were confusing to pedestrians who could think they were already inside the park.”
Michael joined campaigner Sandy Taylor, chair of East Dunbartonshire Visually Impaired People’s Forum, who constantly pushed for a controversial shared-space scheme in Kirkintilloch near Glasgow to be scrapped and has been petitioning the Scottish Government for two years to stop such schemes being built.
Campaigners have consistently argued that shared-space schemes have little or no distinction between pavement and road areas and discriminate against vulnerable road users, including the disabled and children.
Sandy added: “This report is so strong and it cannot be ignored.
“Blind people cannot use these areas safely and we want the Prime Minister to take immediate action to act fully on the findings of this report before any more towns are subjected to this failed planning policy.”
These shared-space areas can be confusing for pedestrians and drivers alike
Special delivery Michael Pringle joined campaigners to hand in a petition to No 10
Grief Mourners’ tributes to Clinton at the scene
Vital visit Michael, third from the left, outside Downing Street with fellow campaigners. Right, young Clinton’s life was prematurely ended