Thakeham mourns Ellie Thornton

The sad news today is that Ellie Thornton, the 11 year-old involved in an accident at Abingworth last Wednesday, has passed away despite the efforts of medical staff at St George’s Tooting.

Members of the Parish Council send their deepest condolences to Ellie’s family and friends.  The whole community is deeply upset.

It is also bitterly disappointing that this has happened just as we had begun to anticipate long-awaited improvements in traffic calming measures in this area.  Whatever is eventually learned about the specifics of last week’s accident via legal processes, Thakeham residents’ long-standing concerns about traffic speed and lack of traffic calming infrastructure in this area need to be addressed urgently, and we are focusing our efforts on getting all relevant parties (WSCC Highways & Education, HDC Planners, the Abingworth developer etc.) to the table.  Now.

We will publish regular updates on progress.

Owen Richards
Parish Clerk