Councillors and residents say funding must be found to improve a Lichfield road junction where a motorcyclist died.

Councillors, residents and the family of Luke Cotton at the public meeting

Luke Cotton was at the junction with Eastern Avenue and Grange Lane in June when he was involved in a crash with a car.

A public meeting of residents, councillors and the family of Luke has been held to demonstrate the strength of feeling on the issue.

Cllr Paul Ray and Cllr Janie Silvester-Hall updated residents at the meeting about the efforts being taken to ensure changes were made in the wake of Luke’s death.

A petition calling for safety improvements has been signed by 5,000 people while a report from highways contractor Amey has recommended an island or traffic lights be installed to replace the existing junction layout.

Cllr Ray said:

The junction at Eastern Avenue and Grange Lane. Picture: Google Streetview

“The recommendation confirms what we have been campaigning for and is significant.

“Now the funding must be found by Staffordshire County Council.

“It is absolutely tragic that there was the fatality of Luke Cotton at this junction in June. I would also like to thank the family of Luke Cotton for attending the meeting.

“I appreciate the pain that they are going through but their attendance has really strengthened the resolve of the campaign to keep going and get this junction made permanently safe as a matter of priority.”

Cllr Paul Ray

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