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COUNCIL INERTIA AT FATAL JUNCTION SLAMMED

September 14, 2020 8:29 AM
Originally published by Shropshire Liberal Democrats - Fighting for Shropshire

Heather Kidd, Lib Dem .Shropshire Councillor for Chirbury and Worthen, is demanding urgent action over safety measures at the scene of a fatal accident after a year of inaction by Shropshire Council.

Heather said: "At the Folly Junction on the B4386, visibility is very poor when you are coming from the Chirbury direction and there have been numerous accidents here over the years. A person died here in July 2019 and representatives from the Parish Council and I met Officers from Shropshire Council at the Junction on 1st August 2019. We agreed on a number of measures to improve safety here including new white lining and signage which is re-sited and is also NOT misleading as it is now.

" After a lot of chasing up by me - we did receive a plan in January 2020 but nothing has happened since.

"The parish Clerk and I have spent considerable time since January trying to get some action without result.

"We now have a situation where vegetation has grown up around the junction again and the road markings have totally worn away. I am now getting reports of motorists driving on to the B4386 without realising that they don't have right of way - again.

"Yet again, however, Shropshire is dragging its heels over implementing simple measures that would make this road junction safer. It is only a matter of time before someone gets injured here again - or worse."

Heather has now put down a question to the next full Shropshire Council:

What priority does the Councils highways management give to road safety issues where there have been repeated accidents or fatalities?

  • How are these prioritised against routine works?
  • What would the average time for delivery of such schemes be from when agreed (on-site) to completion? Please include those which simply need changes to the white lining and improved signage and NOT those requiring complex road layout changes and significant capital funding.