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Residents hand over petition calling for action to deal with “dangerous” Lichfield junction

Residents have handed over a petition calling for changes at a “dangerous” junction in Lichfield.

Cllr Paul Ray receives the petition from residents

Cllr Paul Ray receives the petition from residents

Locals handed over the list of signatures to Liberal Democrat councillor Paul Ray after increasing concerns over the junction between Eastern Avenue and Grange Lane.

They say a long-term solution is needed before a serious accident happens.

Cllr Ray said: “Local residents are angry about the lack of action and are very concerned about the situation. They live by this junction and see on a day-to-day basis how dangerous it is.

“It is plain to see that there is a treatable pattern of accidents and there is a clear remedial measure that could be taken to deal with this, such as a roundabout. This must now be prioritised by Staffordshire Highways for funding.

“I and local residents have been discussing this issue with county councillors for some time now. But they are just not listening and not accepting that a long-term solution is needed to make this junction safe.

“I will now be presenting this petition to the and demand an answer about what they are going to do. Will they just let things carry on until there is a very serious or fatal accident? I and local residents will just not accept that.”

Cllr Ray said the close proximity to The Friary School has only added to local concern.

“A long term solution must be prioritised before it is too late,” he said. “I fear that there will be very serious or fatal accident and I do not then want to read a subsequent report into that accident that recommends a long-term solution.

“This needs action now.”

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  1. Nodge

    30th January, 2018 at 8:42 am

    They’re right though, this junction is the source of so much trouble on Eastern Ave. Especially as it’s close to the new Police station.

  2. Janet

    1st February, 2018 at 1:16 am

    It’s crazy that they built the junction and a large secondary school so close to the Police Station.

  3. Steve

    2nd February, 2018 at 1:56 pm

    I fail to understand how the planning committee did not see any of the problems in locating the police station in this position.

    There is no thought in any of the planning decisions. They look at the chance to build houses and say yes, yes, yes. They do not look at increased traffic, lack of public transport, impact on schools, doctors, dentists and other public services.

    The constant building has removed a lot of land that used to absorb rainwater, so even a small rain shower and the roads are flooding. There has been building all along the Cross City line, so that cannot be expanded.

    There are very few jobs in Lichfield, that allow people to live and work in the local area.

    Traffic volumes are increasing and roads deteriorating.

    Friarsgate appears to have stalled……….

    It does not look a bright and rosy future for us.