CONCERNS regarding an accident blackspot in East Staffordshire were recently raised at a town council meeting. Kingstone Women's Institute (WI) secretary Valerie Laflin expressed her concerns about the safety of Loxley Lane and Holly Lane crossroads amid the amount of vehicle collisions that have occurred there over a number of years at a Uttoxeter Town Council meeting last Wednesday (November 13). She asked the council for its support in Kingstone WI's ploy to implement changes to the road layout and visibility to greatly reduce the risk of further road traffic collisions.
“Over the years, Kingstone WI have been aware of how dreadful those crossroads are,” she said.
“We have carried out petitions and surveys and we eventually managed to get two give way signs and we are very grateful for that.
“But this year, in September, there was another accident and another fatality there.
“It desperately needs a stop sign there and also a 40 miles per hour speed limit between Abbots Bromley Road and Kingstone.
“The visibility, especially from Loxley Lane, is diabolical.
“To the left, white railings extend 25 yards but that is not long enough to see around – you need to pull out on the carriageway to see right and left.
“There is also a very overgrown hedge on the bend of the road too.
“We are asking for the hedge to be removed after 25 yards and possibly the verge pushed back.
“While I appreciate Loxley doesn’t come under the town council, we’d like to ask for your support as we take this matter forward.”
Uttoxeter Mayor and town councillor Sue McGarry said: “I was up there the other day, and it is quite tight.
“I propose we write to (Staffordshire County Council) expressing our concerns over the major incident that happened in September and that we look at traffic calming measures there.”
Uttoxeter Town Councillor Philip Hudson commented: “I think the stop signs are a good idea, they are definitely needed on each side.
Councillor Hugh Montgomery added: “I suggest that we write to the (county) council particularly saying that we would like to put a stop sign there.”
It was resolved that Uttoxeter Town Council would write to Staffordshire County Councillor Philip Atkins in due course about the aforementioned points.
The Times & Echo contacted Staffordshire County Council to ask for a response to these concerns.
James Bailey, Assistant Director for Highways, said: “Keeping our roads and pedestrians safe remains our top priority and our roads continue to be amongst the safest in the country.
“We do listen to residents and work with local communities if they have concerns about road safety in their area.
“Requests for measures such as traffic calming could be prioritised by the local member and can be explored as part of their community highways funding programme.”
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