February 22, 2011
speed device to be introduced at Burnham crash blackspot
town councillors have this week voted in favour of introducing
a new speed reduction device near an accident black spot in Stoddens
Road, just days after an accident occurred there.
Cllr Dennis Davey's proposal that the computerised device - which
flashes when an oncoming vehicle exceeds the speed limit - be
introduced won the backing of councillors at Monday's meeting
of the council's Policy and Finance Committee.
The decision has been welcomed by residents in Stoddens Road,
pictured, who Burnham-On-Sea.com recently reported
have called for more safety measures after a car careered off
the road near the BASC ground on February
councillor Peter Burridge-Clayton said during Monday's meeting:
"I certainly support anything that makes Stoddens Road safer.
The device will be a great asset."
Cllr Neville Jones added: "We definitely need better protection
and safety measures on that bend."
But Cllr John Morgan said: "I fail to see why so many vehicles
go off the road there - it's purely down to bad driving in my
Two indicators, each costing £750 each, will be used in
three fortnightly sessions during the year in Berrow Road and
Chris Williams questioned whether two of the devices should be
bought and propoed that just one be bought for Stoddens Road only,
however his motion failed after a vote by councillors by three
votes to five.
Cllr Dennis Davey said: "The speed of traffic in Berrow
Road is often horrendous. A device is needed there and another
in Stoddens Road."
A final decision on whether to accept the Policy and Finance
Committee's recommendation to purchase the devices will be made
by the full town council at their next meeting on Monday March
Pictured are concerned Stoddens Road residents and, above,
the accident earlier this month