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22 OCT

Community leader calls for review of traffic calming measures in parish

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A community leader is calling for a review of traffic calming measures along the road outside his house after he, and his wife, helped to clear up after a road traffic collision recently. The call comes from Checkley Parish councillor Keith Flunder after an incident which involved two vehicles along the A522 last week.

A community leader is calling for a review of traffic calming measures along the road outside his house after he, and his wife, helped to clear up after a road traffic collision recently.

The call comes from Checkley Parish councillor Keith Flunder after an incident which involved two vehicles along the A522 last week.

He said: “This accident happened on the A522 on Wednesday evening at 9.15pm at the Old Fole Dairy site.

Both vehicles were ‘written off’ with most of their front ends removed. There were two fire engines, two ambulances and three police cars in attendance.
“I came across the scene when I tried to return to my house after taking my son to football training, but found access to my house was blocked.

During the incident, my wife and I worked with the police officers to clear the road and to regain access to their property.
“I would like to send my thanks to the officers and the emergency workers who attended the incident. Several passers by also assisted during the incident.”

A spokesman for Staffordshire Police said: “We were called to reports of a two-vehicle road traffic collision at 9.20pm last Wednesday (October 14) on Uttoxeter Road, Fole.

The collision involved a white Peugeot van and a red Vauxhall Adam.

A 31-year-old man, from Stoke-on-Trent, was arrested on suspicion of driving with excess alcohol at the scene and was taken to the Royal Stoke University Hospital for treatment.

The driver of the Vauxhall, a woman from the Burton area, was taken to the Royal Stoke University Hospital with an arm injury.”

A spokesman for West Midlands Ambulance Service added: “We were called at 9.16pm on Wednesday, October 14 to reports of an RTC on Uttoxeter Road, Fole, Uttoxeter.

Two ambulances and a paramedic officer attended and arrived to find a collision involving two vehicles.

Two off duty nurses were in attendance administering first aid.

The drivers of each car, a man and a woman, were assessed on scene and found to have suffered minor injuries. Both were conveyed to Royal Stoke University Hospital.”

Cllr Flunder, who is also a member of Staffordshire Moorlands District Council (SMDC) and Staffordshire County Council (SCC), said that he and fellow councillors in the area are now calling for a review of traffic calming measures in the area.

He said: “Checkley Parish Council and many other local councils are completely fed up with what appears to be a recent rapid increase in speeding incidents along many country and town roads.

All the local residents have noticed that the speed of cars and trucks in what is a 30 mph speed limit area, has been getting worse over recent weeks.

This is a dangerous section of road with many driveways, three road junctions, a sharp bend, on pavements and a hill.

People need to be made aware that this stretch of road is dangerous.

With many complaints being received from local residents around the Staffordshire Moorlands. We want traffic calming looking at throughout the parish.

Our Hollington Councillors are currently working with Croxden Parish Council to try and get the speed limit through Hollington level reduced.

We want some form of traffic calming at all the entry points into Upper Tean (Hollington Road, Cheadle Road and Draycott Road).”

The Times & Echo contacted Staffordshire County Council, which has responsibility for highways across the county, about the concerns raised by cllr Flunder.

In a response, David Williams, Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport at Staffordshire County Council said: “Keeping our roads safe is a top priority for the county council and our roads continue to be amongst the safest in the country.
“We do listen to local concerns about road safety and will target resources where they are needed most.

All motorists have a responsibility to drive with due care and attention and we urge drivers to be considerate of their surroundings when driving through our village communities.”

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