Our campaign to make Maldon safe has hit the headlines, with both the local newspapers, The Essex Chronicle and the Maldon & Burnham Standard reporting the news.

Me and fellow campaigners with a petition calling for safety to be improved near the underpass at Mill Lane in Fullbridge.

Me and fellow campaigners with a petition calling for safety to be improved near the A414 underpass at Mill Lane.

The Maldon & Standard reports, “A campaign launched to improve safety at the underpass where a young woman was raped attracted 750 signatures in just 48 hours.

Mum-of-four Kelly Sanger, of Roman Close, Heybridge, launched a petition on Sunday morning for lighting and CCTV cameras to make the A414 underpass and Mill Lane a safer place to walk.

By Tuesday afternoon, 765 people had signed it and Mrs Sanger began taking a paper petition door-to-door.

She said: “The rape really shocked me, I have three teenage daughters and the thought of them even walking home from school, as it gets dark so quickly, scares me.”

The campaign has been a great success since we highlighted the dangerous area around Mill Lane and the unlit and secluded underpass. We have hundreds of written signatures and over 900 on our online petition. I also teamed up with Lorraine Hastings, who setup a Facebook page, and now the whole community are behind us. There is a meeting planned for next week with the council to discuss the changes that are needed. I feel this is a step in the right direction.