The year has been a tough one. In some ways a lot has gone on and in
other ways not very much.
I was not at school for much of the year obviously. I spent a lot of
time with my key worker working on the sensory garden at Grainville. I
enjoyed that, it was better than being in school or in the A.R.C. But my
support sessions with Autism Jersey were cancelled.
My cat Disco was very sadly run over in the summer. He was a rescue
cat from Greece and we had had him since he was a small kitten. I was
very upset about it, but as things turned out it really was just the tip of
the iceberg for me.
I discovered that Disco was the second cat to have been killed on our
road. My neighbour’s cat had also been killed and naturally she was
very upset about it too.
She had tried to do something about the speed of the cars on the road
by starting a petition but nothing had come of it. I decided to take the
matter into my own hands.
The problem is that drivers speed on the road and there are several
blind corners. No one seems to give a thought to the other users of the
road. It is dangerous for the old people who live in Maison Cabot and
the families that live opposite. There is no pavement and many people
cross the road to get to the local shop or the pub or the bus stop. I was
very upset about Disco being killed but I became worried that the next
incident could involve a child or an adult.
I encouraged people to sign the petition on line. I rang up BBC Radio
Jersey to talk to Ashlea Tracey about the problem. The response from
people was very positive and I was interviewed on television.
At the same time, I contacted the Parish Hall and asked to speak to
the Connetable of Trinity Philip Le Sueur. He agreed to meet with me to
discuss the matter. He introduced me to Dave Malpass who is in charge
of painting speed signs on the road and Kevin Lewis the Minister for
Infrastructure. I spoke to all of them about traffic calming measures,
such as speed bumps, a zebra crossing and a path for pedestrians. I
then spoke to the Deputy Chief Minister Senator Lyndon Farham. He
agreed that some measures should be implemented.
I am really pleased with the way these discussions have gone. The
Connetable of Trinity has shown me the plans for the measures we
have discussed. It is my understanding that these measures will now be
implemented, subject to the budget being found.
It will be a great outcome for the safety of our community.