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Village fears that new homes will lead to chaos on the roads
PLANS for 350 new homes in a village near Worcester have prompted fears that an already busy road could become even more dangerous.
Michael Mitchell, of Fernhill Heath, said he had witnessed a number of safety issues with Station Road from his home, which is near the junction with Droitwich Road.
He said cars parked along Station Road had caused it to be reduced to the size of a single carriageway, which he says makes some motorists drive in an aggressive manner as they attempt to get past as quickly as possible.
Drivers had also been seen entering the road from the A38 at speed to avoid oncoming traffic while other motorists had been forced to drive on the path to allow cars to pass. He said: “Drivers end up having a face-off and it is a case of who is brave enough to drive up and go for it.
“When that involves a bus or an articulated lorry then it all gets a bit fraught.”
Mr Mitchell said a solution needed to be found to the issues, which he suggested could include widening the road or creating a one-way system through the village. Mr Mitchell has lived in the village for 24 years and said the problem had been getting gradually worse over time.
He fears that proposals set out in the South Worcestershire Development Plan (SWDP) to build more homes on land between Dilmore Lane and Station Road would exacerbate the problem.
“With further development in Fernhill Heath I can only see the situation worsening but I don’t see what the answer is”. said Mr Mitchell.
Tony Miller, Worcestershire county councillor for Lovett and North Claines, said he had been contacted by residents about the problem and spoken to the village’s community support. “Station Road does have a problem and we have got to make sure people are sticking to the Highway Code,” he said.
“I have been monitoring the road and junction at the top of Station Road and once we have identified the problem we can work on a solution.”
Coun Miller said that people concerned about the SWDP should make their views known through the website swdevelopmentplan.org.