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Car woes are the last straw for Shobnall Street residents after spate of crashes

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: August 28, 2014

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A BURTON couple are being forced to pay out for a new car after theirs was destroyed in a hit-and-run incident.

John and Diane Huckle's car was hit in a recent spate of collisions in Shobnall Street, which has been a cause of concern for some time.

A few weeks ago an ambulance and police car crashed on the road, and earlier this week a driver hit the wall outside a house, causing serious damage.

Mr Huckle, who has lived in the road for 12 years, said: "We have, year on year, been subjected to the bangs, crashes and resulting mayhem of the road traffic accidents and the knock-on effects.

"This period has been the worst for us.

"We as residents of Shobnall Street are very concerned about the regular accidents that occur in this street.

"So far we have not seen a fatality but I feel sure that soon a serious injury or fatality is imminent.

"Many hard-working families are suffering because of incompetent and dangerous drivers using Shobnall Street as a racetrack."

Shobnall Road is heavily parked, and has traffic-calming measure along one side.

But it does not slow down the traffic enough, Mr Huckle said.

His car has been deemed 'financially unrepairable' by his insurance company.

He added that he and other residents had contacted councillors and Burton MP Andrew Griffiths, but it did not seem that anything had been done.

However, Councillor Bill Ganley, who represents the area for East Staffordshire Borough Council, told the Mail residents' concerns had not fallen on deaf ears and a survey would now be taking place to look into the issues in the area, at the behest of Councillor Ron Clarke.

"I agree with the residents," he said. "It's a real worry. After three serious accidents in three weeks we have got to look into something. Sometimes it takes it to come to a head."

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  • Gothamite  |  August 28 2014, 8:46AM

    The Street has got worse. The chicane islands which presumably are there to slow traffic down are adding to the problems. The area is cluttered enough. Would a one way system help? One way up Shobnall St and one way down Grange St? This may also aid with the bottlenecks at the junction of Shobnall Street/Road.

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