CONCERNED campaigners are hoping to persuade council officials to install speed bumps before someone is “seriously hurt or killed”.

Residents living in the Brooklands estate, in Jaywick, are calling on Essex County Council to introduce better traffic calming measures within the area.

The aim is to deter what they describe as dangerous drivers and motorcyclists from speeding up and down the roads.

Crystal Roberts, who lives in the Brooklands estate, said: “Far too many drivers seem to treat it as their own personal race track and there is no space for pedestrians off of the road.

“There are more people speeding than not on a daily basis.”

Dean Huckfield, 29, who also lives on the estate, has an 18-month-old daughter who he is worried for.

He believes it is only a matter of time before the actions of the inconsiderate racers result in deadly consequences.

“Brooklands is a joke and someone will soon get seriously hurt or be killed if nothing continues to be done,” he said.

“There has been so many near misses and I remember pushing my little girl in her buggy, and a car came passed us doing 80mph.

“If it were not for me moving us out the way, it pretty much would have hit us.”

“The speed they go at has even killed animals.”

Mr Huckfield is now spearheading a petition along with other residents.

He added: “I have started this petition because everyone in Jaywick says the council just does not care.“It can be signed at the Jaywick Post Office and resource centre and when I am out, I even have a petition on me.

“We need to get as many signatures as possible, so we are all working together as a community to try and get something done.”

Essex Highways said campaigners need to raise the issue with their local councillor.

A spokesman said: “Although Brooklands isn’t an adopted public highway, the best approach would be to contact the councillor for the area, who will be able to quickly understand the degree of local support for the proposed measures.”

“If this proves positive, the councillor can bring the matter to the Tendring local highway panel, where councillors could commission a speed survey on the road to determine the severity of the problem before any action might be decided.”