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Safety battlers won’t take ‘no’ for an answer
CAMPAIGNERS have vowed to double efforts to secure a public meeting after being told installing safety measures on a Worcester road are not a priority.
Worcestershire County Council officers said they would not be taking any action on Bilford Road following a series of tests.
Councillor Neil Laurenson and Matthew Jenkins, the Green Party’s Worcestershire County Council spokesman, were disappointed to receive this response to their petition calling for a meeting to discuss what could be done to make the road safer.
Nearly 350 people signed a petition in November calling for a public meeting to discuss problems with obstructed views at the canal bridge and the sharp bend leading on to Astwood Road, noted as areas of concern.
Mr Jenkins said: “The response from the council was poor. It is such a major issue in the area and we could have got a lot more signatures.
“We weren’t asking for a crossing, we were asking for them just to look into it to see what the options are, which doesn’t necessarily cost a lot of money.”
They took up the campaign after elderly residents expressed concerns with some saying they refused to cross the road to visit the Costcutter shop because of safety fears.
Mr Jenkins said: “It won’t be just us who are annoyed with the outcome but also the people who signed it and those who are living by Bilford Road.
“They are the people who are going to be much more frustrated by this so we will be fighting on.” A spokesman for the county council said it had carried out speed recording and accident records checks on the road and as a result had no further plans for additional road safety measures at this time.
But Coun Laurenson said the response failed to address the petition’s aim of setting up a meeting and instead spoke about “pedestrian facilities”.
The letter also said there had been no recorded injury accidents at the location – a claim the pair said was not true according to road accident data websites.
The county council has said it would continue to monitor the situation.
The spokesman said: “The county council is always happy to engage and communicate with residents regarding highways issues.”