Does someone have to die first?

13:44 18 October 2012

The scene at Millbrook roundabout after a recent serious accident.

The scene at Millbrook roundabout after a recent serious accident.

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Axminster councillor says criteria for safety work at danger roundabout is ‘beyond belief’

An Axminster town councillor has expressed outrage that apparently someone must die before action is taken to make safer a dangerous road junction

Sue Spiller has been a leading campaigner for improvements to the Millbrook roundabout – a notorious accident blackspot.

She called for an improved layout and better signage following two recent serious accidents there.

But recently members of the town council’s traffic management committee were told that because none of the crashes had involved a fatality, major changes to the junction layout were unlikely.

Brian Hoare, the Devon County Council highways superintendent for the area, told them that checks had still to be done in relation to the roundabout but warned that because no one had died there the highway authority “may not be minded to make any major changes”.

Speaking at last week’s full town council meeting Cllr Spiller said to say someone had to be killed before action could be taken was “just beyond belief”.

“Anyone who uses that stretch of road regularly has a near miss at least once a week,” she said.

Mayor Andrew Moulding said everyone shared Cllr Spiller’s concerns about the junction and he said checks still had to be carried out before a final decision was made about whether any improvements could be ordered.

And there was some positive news for local road safety campaigners.

Cllr Moulding said calls for extra speed signs in Crewkerne Road had been successful .

He said the authority had agreed to paint roundels on the surface reminding drivers of the 30mph limit.

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