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Fears of ‘horrendous’ crash on village road

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: April 02, 2014

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A BLIND corner on a village road has been branded as ‘an accident waiting to happen’ due to a car being parked on a bend.

Stretton resident Sue Cornes made the comments about Hillfield Lane at the latest Stretton Parish Council meeting.

Mrs Cornes, of Fairham Road, told the meeting a car parked near the road’s junction with Carisbrooke Drive - opposite St Mary’s Church - would be blind to oncoming drivers.

She said: “I’m pleading with you for yellow lines on the road.

“There’s going to be a horrendous accident on that bend.

“It’s impossible to come out of my drive to cross Hillfield Lane because the car is in the middle of the bend and you can’t cross the road safely as a pedestrian.

“Motorists are hitting the bend and they are faced with a car facing up the street, it creates a huge bottleneck.”

Mrs Cornes also said heavy goods vehicles which try to squeeze through have damaged parked cars.

She said: “Lorries go down scraping cars, it’s a potential accident waiting to happen.

“It would be safer for people just to park on one side of the lane.

“It’s getting worse with the amount of traffic, I would hate for an accident to happen.

“Speed is an issue as well, especially people who do not know the village, why can’t we have traffic calming measures like they have elsewhere?”

Parish councillor Malcolm Goode said he agreed the car created ‘a problem’, but added the it was parked legally.

He told the meeting: “My understanding is that it is legally parked.

“Until highways make it against the law to park there he is legally parked, despite the fact that it’s a hazard.”

Speaking after the meeting, parish council chairman John McKiernan said efforts would be made to approach the owner of the car.

He said: “We are hoping to point out to the driver that they could be risking their own and other people’s cars.”

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