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Lichfield Lib Dem Councillor presses for road safety improvements

March 17, 2017 9:14 PM
By Miles Trent

Paul Ray - 2015 ElectionGrange Lane - Eastern Avenue Junction

Residents have become very frustrated by the slow response from the Tory County Council and a Labour County Councillor to take action over the dangerous junction between Grange Lane and Eastern Avenue. One resident said Staffs Highways clearly "have not grasped the seriousness of the problem facing people who use the junction on a daily basis." Now, following ongoing pressure from Cllr Paul Ray to Tim Heminsley, of Staffs County Council Highways and to the Labour County Councillor, Cllr Ray has had a response. This junction will be put into the capital programme for 2017/18 for improvements. That is certainly a step forward, but it seems that what will be proposed are minor improvements rather than a roundabout,
which is what your local Lib Dems have been campaigning for. Cllr Ray is now pushing for clarification as to the extent of the proposed scheme as local residents are concerned that it will be insufficient at this dangerous junction, where further accidents have been reported recently.

Beacon Street - Wheel Lane Junction

Concerns have been raised over the safety of this junction, also known locally as the 'Morrisons roundabout'. Since the roundabout was constructe many minor accidents and near misses have occurred. Tragically one road traffic collision in 2016 resulted in a fatality. A coroner has yet to announce a verdict on that incident, but we understand from Staffordshire County Council that the police have referred the case to the Crown Prosecution Service for consideration of criminal proceedings. Lichfield Lib Dems support road safety improvements at this junction. Cllr Paul Ray has liaised with the County Council and has also met with Bob Smith, Chairman of the Beacon Street Area Residents' Association to discuss this issue.

Cllr Ray says: "We must explore whether redesigning he roundabout or introducing other road calming measures might improve safety. I understand that, as Beacon Street is a busy thoroughfare, traffic calming is difficult, particularly with the emergency services often using the road. However, if it is possible to prevent another dreadful accident, we need to take action as soon as possible