Angry residents say safety work has made bend 'more dangerous'
group of angry residents in Burnham-On-Sea has this week called
on the County Council to introduce further safety improvements
at an accident blackspot amid claims that recent work to increase
safety has actually made the location more dangerous.
Stoddens Road re-opened on Friday (February 10th) after a two-week
closure for the county council to introduce 'safety enhancements'
to the sharp bend near the entrance to Burnham's BASC sports ground.
Although the road surface and bank next to a rhyne running alongside
the bend have been improved, residents say they are concerned
that a vital crash barrier needed to prevent further accidents
there is still missing, with no timescale for when this will be
Long-time campaigner Peter Little, pictured above, told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"The repairs made over the past fortnight have actually made
the bend more dangerous than before."
had been promised an extension to the crash barrier. For any car
unable to negotiate the corner from the Tesco direction, the vehicle
will end up in the water-filled ditch, which now is full of deeper
water than before and without any preventative shrubs and trees
on the kerb edge."
"Urgent action is still needed here more than ever before."
resident, Jonathan Chambers, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "It
surprises me is that a safety barrier/fence has not been fitted
to the top of the gabions on the side of the corner towards Stoddens
Farm to match the fence on the other side."
is odd that on this side of the corner is a 6-8 foot drop into
a water-filled rhyne and no fence and on the other side is a fence
without a rhyne."
Road is a busy road used to access Berrow and Brean from the motorway
and is used by motorists, cyclists, horses, dog walkers and those
going to the BASC ground."
Town councillor Ken Smout said on Saturday morning (February
11th) he fully understands residents concerns. He added: "I
am taking this matter up with the county council - the changes
don't address the safety concerns we have raised and I would agree
with the residents that a crash barrier is needed."
in Stoddens Road have been calling for improved safety measures
at the site, as Burnham-On-Sea.com reported
last year following an accident in which a car careered off the
road in February,
pictured, which was one of several accidents. Crashes
also occurred in the area in August
2010 and December
Peter Little at the completed road bend and, from top, how the
bend now looks, the gabions being introduced during the roadworks
and, above, an accident at the spot in February