ACTION is being demanded to prevent further accidents on a residential road through a Kendal estate.

Peter Leeming, 87, said there had been a number of near-miss incidents on Lingmoor Rise culminating in a car being in collision with a tree outside his property.

The vehicle ended up in his neighbour’s rockery although there is no suggestion that the driver was speeding.

Mr Leeming was preparing to go to bed when he and wife Gunilla heard a loud crash. The pair went out to find a car had been in collision with a tree outside the house and had spun round before coming to rest against the side of the garage.

“Everybody’s concerned because we all feel at risk, particularly crossing the road,” said Mr Leeming.

“It’s getting very dangerous so there’s the anxiety that it will happen again.

“At night when it’s dark and you’re sitting in this room and the traffic’s only a few yards off, you wonder: ‘When is the next one going to come off?’”

Mr Leeming feels his house is situated in a particularly precarious position on a bend and just below the brow of a hill.

He is now calling on Cumbria County Council (CCC) to introduce traffic calming measures to help reduce the danger.

Mr Leeming wants a compulsory speed limit to be introduced, and for double yellow lines to be painted on both sides of the road outside his home.

“There really should be prohibition of parking on this section of the road because most people have adequate off-road parking.”

He added: “If we have a lot of visitors they park in the cul-de-sacs around here.”

A CCC spokesman said that a meeting between the council as highways authority, Cllr Chris Hogg of the Kendal South and Natland ward, and Mr Leeming - with a view to discussing traffic issues - was planned to take place in future.

lSince the incident on Lingmoor Rise, police have confirmed that Martin Park, 48, of Kendal, has been charged with failing to provide a specimen of blood.

He is due to appear at South Cumbria Magistrates’ Court, Barrow, on Wednesday.