A SUTTON ward councillor has pledged to do all he can to make sure the tragedy which occurred in Sutton Lane last week is not repeated.

Nine-year-old George Lewis was killed by a hit and run driver on Friday, September 17 on the narrow road between Eastburn and Sutton. A pedestrian with him was also injured.

Councillor Stephen Morrell, chairman of Sutton Parish Council and also a ward councillor for Sutton with Craven District Council, said he had been calling for ‘many years’ for improvements to that stretch of road but nothing had ever happened.

He said: “This is a tragedy. My thoughts at this time are foremost with the family who must be going through unimaginable grief. I have two children of my own and I cannot imagine the pain of such a loss. The many tributes that have been placed on Sutton Lane are testimony to the fact that communities, those of Sutton and Eastburn are at one in their sense of loss and a common desire to support this family in their grief.

“I am already receiving emails as Ward Representative, asking me for a personal response, and a statement on what I intend to do.

“I take my ward responsibilities seriously and I have started to engage in consultations with our North Yorkshire County Council representative Councillor Philip Barrett through our parish clerk, to seek a meeting with senior staff from North Yorkshire County Council.

“We are also looking to meet with senior staff from Bradford Metropolitan District Council. I have reached out to the chairman of Steeton-with-Eastburn Parish Council and also to Councillor Rebecca Whitaker who is Craven ward representative with Bradford Council.

“We will be inviting representatives from both North Yorkshire and West Yorkshire Police forces. Our local MP, the Julian Smith will also be invited.

“The dangers that pedestrians are negotiating on Sutton Lane have been an ongoing issue for some considerable time. These issues have been raised and passed on to the police and the local authority. A footway has proved unachievable in the past.

“The parish council’s aim is to overcome the challenges of gathering senior staff from two different local authorities; two different police forces; two different county wards; two different parish councils and private landowners who all have joint responsibilities or ownerships.

“I will as chairman make this my priority.

“Once again, my thoughts are with the family at this devastating time.”

Cllr Morrell said the meeting was likely to be in private with the authorities.