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Staffordshire danger roads - call for action from Hilderstone villagers

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: July 25, 2014

Hilderstone has seen a spate of accidents, say villagers

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RESIDENTS of a village with what they claim are the three most dangerous crossroads in Staffordshire are calling for road safety improvements.

There have been a series of accidents in and around Hilderstone, according to parish councillors, who are seeking traffic calming measures, speed cameras and new warning signs.

Stafford borough councillor Andrew Harp said the road junctions at Spot Acre, the Bird in Hand, and Hardwick crossroads were “the three most deadly in the county”.

And parish council chairman Roy Clark said the area was plagued by speeding traffic on narrow country lanes.

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He said the village needed 40mph limits in outlying areas to start slowing traffic down before it reached the 30mph area, resurfacing of the rumble strips on roads designed to warn drivers to slow down, plus more warning signs and better maintenance of verges and hedges so that the warning signs could be seen.

“The speed indicator boards need to be more prominent so that people actually take notice of them,” Councillor Clark said.

“And we need a more proactive response from the police and the county council.

“Our Speedwatch volunteers are getting disillusioned because they feel as if they don’t get much response from the authorities and their emails are never actioned.”

Vice chairman Michael Shelley commented: “At the moment, some drivers see the ‘slow’ signs and decide it means dropping their speed from 70mph to 50mph.

“We have had constant problems, but it is very unusual to see a speed camera van out here.”

Councillors agreed to raise their concerns with Staffordshire’s police and crime commissioner Mathew Ellis.

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