August 10, 2011
road safety warning issued to County Council
safety improvements are needed to a busy road in Highbridge before
a serious accident happens, a town councillor has warned this
Cllr Helen Groves has called on Somerset
County Council to make a number of changes to Pepperall Road to
make it safer for pedestrians.
"It is my opinion as a pedestrian and a parent that the
current provision of crossing points along Pepperall Road are
inadequate and an accident waiting to happen," she told Burnham-On-Sea.com.
"Both the current crossing points are blind to oncoming
traffic in one direction of travel. This is an extremely busy
road which many children have to cross to make their way to school.
Older people with decreased mobility have to cross the road to
access the doctor's surgery."
already limited visibility is further impeded by vehicles parking
along the sides of the road and, quite honestly, at times even
with the greatest of care is taken I feel I am taking my life
into my hands crossing and have personally had more than one or
two near misses."
Cllr Groves added: "I would suggest that a crossing if at
all possible should be provided near to the doctors surgery. This
would be a preferred solution as it is a mid-way point along the
road and would allow easy access to the surgery for those with
mobility problems, with greater restrictions upon parking alongside
the road between Ben Travers and Burnham Roads to ensure visibility
is preserved though there would need to be a limited temporary
parking provision for dog walkers and ramblers. I also think clear
signage regarding the speed limit along this stretch would help
reduce the incidence of speeding."
"I think the County Council needs to consider very carefully
the risks to the public this road presents in its current state."