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Concerns over “deathtrap” road in the Moorlands

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12 AUG

Concerns over “deathtrap” road in the Moorlands

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Concern has been raised about a “deathtrap” road in the Moorlands following yet another crash along the highway. The recent road traffic collision along Cheadle Road, coming into the village of Forsbrook, happened overnight of August 4 and August 5 and resulted in the car hitting through two metal sign posts and ending up on its side in the trees at the side of the highway.

Concern has been raised about a “deathtrap” road in the Moorlands following yet another crash along the highway.

The recent road traffic collision along Cheadle Road, coming into the village of Forsbrook, happened overnight of August 4 and August 5 and resulted in the car hitting through two metal sign posts and ending up on its side in the trees at the side of the highway.

Resident Lev Wood, who shared pictures of the incident, said: “There has been yet another serious accident on Cheadle Road as it enters into Forsbrook.

The parish council appeal to people to make a representation to Staffordshire County Council for help in controlling speed on this dangerous road that is becoming a deathtrap.

It appears they are so ineffectual that whatever they do nothing happens.

Our county and local Staffordshire Moorlands elected councillors make no reply. Nothing ever changes even after four deaths over the years since we moved into the village and countless similar incidents.

We woke up to the demolition this morning and the police tape was already in place.”

Mr Wood added: “What I find so insightful is the total ineffectuality of the parish council to influence what can happen to the speeding issue.

I feel sorry for Dawn Plant (Parish Clerk) trying to defend them.

Having been involved with Community Safety myself at a national level I am surprised she continually asks the community to get involved yet again after years of trying.

If a recognised body cannot achieve some level of interaction with the county authorities then what chance does Joe public have.

Rather what is the point of county or district representatives if they cannot champion a cause such as this?”

The Times & Echo contacted Forsbrook Parish Council about the concerns, to which a spokesman said: “The parish council are looking at avenues of funding to provide Speed Indicator Devices for Cheadle Road.

The issue of speed on this road and in the centre of Forsbrook is an on going problem.

Forsbrook Parish Council have spoken with Staffordshire County Council and Staffordshire Police and are hoping to work together to find a solution.

We are currently in communication with Staffordshire Safer Roads Partnership and await their comments on the lack of speed camera van placement for Cheadle Road.

We would like to see an even distribution of the van with other parishes.”

We also contacted Staffordshire County Council, to which councillor David Williams, Cabinet Member for Transport and Highways, responded: “Keeping our roads safe is a top priority and we continue to have some of the safest roads in the country.

We do listen to residents and parish councils when they have issues about road safety in their area.

We are aware of some concerns in relation to Cheadle Road, Forsbrook and are working with the Staffordshire Safer Roads Partnership to find additional support for the community.”

The Times & Echo also contacted Staffordshire Police about the recent crash along Cheadle Road, and the work being carried out by them and the councils, to which a spokesman for the force said: “This was a non-injury, non-reportable single-vehicle road traffic collision. The owner of the car is arranging recovery.”

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  • The unfortunate fact of the matter is that neither Staffordshire County Council nor the police care about Road Safety. A few years ago the parish council received funding for a speed radar device which was subsequently donated to another parish before it had even been used. Cheadle Road, Forsbrook is notorious for excessive speeding and frequent accidents occur between the Butcher's Arms PH and Forsbrook Cemetery. Nothing will ever be done about it because the council would rather spend £100,000 of its so called "precious funds" purchasing unnecessary parking spaces on the former Blythe Bridge Police Station which will benefit nobody. Surely better use of these funds would have been to introduce speed control measures which have the potential of reducing accidents, preventing more deaths and helping residents cross the road safely without having to dodge vehicles travelling at near motorway speeds. Since complaints to the parish council over the past decade have fallen upon deaf ears, perhaps it is time local residents organised an en masse visit to SMDC in order to make our voices heard.
    Written by A Wright, August 13, 2021 - Reply
  • The road isn't the issue, the issue is drivers driving beyond their abilities. I've driven that road for more than 20 years with no issue. The change in speed limit along Leek Road ouside Cheadle has made no difference to the accidents there because idiots will always be idiots and drive excessively regardless of the speed limits, radar warning or not. If people don't respect the roads and others then they'll have accidents.
    Written by M Shaw, August 14, 2021 - Reply
  • I keep hearing how useless our Parish councils, SMDC and Staffordshire county councils are. Perhaps local people need to vote for different Councillors rather than electing the same Muppet's each election. Just a thought.
    Written by Simon Cadman, August 14, 2021 - Reply
  • If the idiot was doing 30 he / she wouldn't have hit a 30 sign?
    Written by Martin Underwood, August 14, 2021 - Reply
  • It is drivers that don’t care about road safety - not the police or councils. The road is not dangerous at all.
    Written by Richard Grice, August 14, 2021 - Reply
  • I’ve been using that road since the 1960s riding motorcycles, driving cars, vans and lorries up to sixteen tons and never had an issue with it. The fault lies with budding formula 1drivers driving vehicles they have little or no experience of at speeds well in excess of their capabilities. Take a look at some of the roads in the mountain regions on the continent or in fact our own roads through the Lake District, Wales, Scotland etc. Look hard at where the real problem lies instead of taking the modern stance and passing the buck, lay the blame with the perpetrator.
    Written by Martin Frost, August 15, 2021 - Reply

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