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.

Archant

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.

0 comments

Other News Stories

12:25
Robert Crick,Mike Ferrard,Deirdre and Terry Hounsom and Simon Papworth in Sidmouth market square. Ref shs 3733-10-15TI. Picture: Terry Ife

A protest staged by activists fighting to protect the NHS gathered ‘hundreds of signatures’ on Saturday.

Read more
12:17
District Commissioner for the Axe Vale Pony Club, Anne Roberts, retires at the 2015 award evening. Guests of honour were Olympic medalist, Mary King and her daughter Emily, Ross Wilmington from the Axe Vale Hunt and Mary Tuckett, chairman of the Pony Club. Ref shs 9307-10-15AW. Picture: Alex Walton

Past and present Sid Valley members of a pony club, including Olympian Mary King, turned out to give their mentor of 30 years a fitting send-off.

Read more
An NPAS police helicopter

A police helicopter was scrambled to find a teenage boy after he was reported missing on Thursday (March 5).

Read more
John Treagood tries out his new wagon

There was a happy ending for travellerJohn Treagood when his new home was delivered just days after horse, Misty, arrived. John’s much-loved horse Gildor died a fortnight ago, leaving the traveller stranded; sparking an online fund to be set up to help pay for a new horse.

Read more
Yesterday, 15:07
Knotweed can cause financial, legal and technical implications.

The event will provide useful information on how to handle the plants.

Read more
Yesterday, 08:22
Protestors at Ottery Hospital

Campaigners have vowed to continue fighting for Ottery’s hospital beds after a public consultation on controversial plans ended.

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 10°C

min temp: 8°C

Most Read News

Family notices
Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Submit a Story
Buy Photos
Competitions
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Family Notices 24

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Sidmouth Herald e-edition today E-edition



Devon's trusted business finder