Action urged over Sherborne 'dangerous crossroads'
CIVIC leaders have called for a review of a “dangerous” junction in Sherborne where residents fear for the safety of pedestrians.
Roy Pike and Michael Tarlton, both of Acreman Place, raised concerns to town councillors after a recent crash on the junction of Horsecastles and Trendle Street.
Mr Pike claimed it was the fourth incident that had resulted in vehicles mounting the pavement there in the last two years.
He said: “It is a dangerous junction and particularly hazardous for pedestrians.
Business Cards From Only £10.95 Delivered www.myprint-247.co.ukView details
Contact: 01858 468192
Valid until: Wednesday, May 22 2013
“I’ve also seen a number of accidents almost heading into the window of Jill’s the hairdresser. I want to know what caused the most recent accident and I think that particular area needs more than give way signs. There should at least be stop signs there.”
Mr Tarlton said he was concerned about a lack of action over the problem and asked for help in chasing answers from the county council.
He said: “Luckily there have not been any fatalities yet.
“I have lived just around the corner from this junction for 25 years and have long had concerns about its safety, both for pedestrians and for other road users.”
Earlier this month a silver Vauxhall Zafira was in collision with a grey Seat Leon, and smashed into an iron bollard at the junction.
No one was injured but county council officials attended the scene to clear oil spilt on the pavement.
Michelle Smith, owner of Jill’s on the corner of the junction, said it was only a matter of time before another accident took place.
She said: “Even where there’s not an accident there are cars braking sharply and hooting at each other.
“The crossing is quite treacherous for pedestrians, so much so that we often escort some of our older customers across the road.
“The bollards help but in this recent accident some were knocked down and still haven’t been replaced.
“Maybe traffic lights would have been better there. In the salon we can’t worry too much about it otherwise we would be looking out of the window every five minutes, so we just carry on as normal.”
Mrs Smith said that crashes occurred even before alterations were made to the right of way at the junction.
She said: “Once a wall of the salon actually had to be rebuilt because a car crashed right through it.”
Robert Gould, county councillor for the Queen Thorne ward, agreed that it might be time to look at the junction again and see if it was signposted effectively.
He said: “Maybe the signs are wrong. I will certainly raise the issue with the highways department and also see if we can review how many accidents have taken place over the last few years. I will be doing this as a priority.”
Sergeant Rachel Goodwin, of Sherborne Police, and mayor Peter Rhodes agreed that the matter should be investigated.