RESIDENTS have called for a speed camera to be installed in their road after a van demolished a wall at a spot where children often play.
The accident happened in Park Lane, opposite the turning point for the U9 bus.
Nicola Armstrong, who lives in a downstairs maisonette and was not at home when it happened, had a terrible shock when she was alerted by a neighbour.
She said: "We were shopping in Watford and came home in torrential rain after getting a phone call. We couldn't get in the house for a couple of hours because the van, which had gone through both our neighbour's wall and our wall, had ended up on our steps in front of the door."
Ms Armstrong has two children, Dylan aged three and six-month-old Ciaran, and a partner, Ian Wilson, who was also out at the time.
She said: "We have asked the council before for a speed camera but they say police monitoring does not suggest we need one.
"But between us and next door there are four small children who often play together in the area which is now demolished by the van.
"Crossing the road to our parking bays is a complete nightmare, especially during rush hour, and by the time most vehicles get to the bend in the road, just before the bus turn, they are doing at least 40mph or much more
"We are contacting the council again, but who knows if we will get a camera as no one was actually injured, though if the van had continued any further they would have been in our bedroom. We had a lucky escape. It could all have been so different."
Philomena Bach, the director of environment and consumer protection for Hillingdon Council, explained that he funding and installation of speed cameras is undertaken by the London Safety Camera Partnership, which considers a number of factors before installing speed cameras.
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