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‘We’re still fighting,’ say STAG campaigners

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: May 20, 2014

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A CAMPAIGN group aiming to improve road safety on a busy Burton road has vowed to work with developers and highways bosses to get the best outcome for residents.

Members of Shobnall Traffic Action Group (STAG) have been working tirelessly for several years to try to reduce the amount of heavy vehicles using Shobnall Road, fighting a number of housing developments they believe could exacerbate problems on the busy street.

But after their battle failed and the developments were passed, they have now changed tack to make sure work that any work which takes place provides a good deal for people already living in the area.

Jan Shand, chairman of the group, told the Mail: “We are still here, but we do have to recognise that we may have to change tack. Our view has always been that we want to try to reduce the number of heavy vehicles, and if it can be done another way, that is the right thing to do.”

Thousands of homes have recently been approved in the area, which campaigners believe will have an impact on the road and its residents.

These include 2,500 homes at Branston Locks, with access from a roundabout opposite Shobnall Primary School, hundreds off homes off Reservoir Road, and 300 homes off Forest Road.

“There are huge issues along the road, and things are only going to get worse. We feel it’s now better for use to put our efforts into making sure that whatever money is available from these developments is spent in a way which benefits existing residents,” Mrs Shand said.

Highways chiefs at Staffordshire County Council have repeatedly argued that the road can cope with the potential increase in traffic, despite the fact it is often congested.

Mrs Shand was speaking ahead of STAG’s AGM, due to take place at Shobnall Community Centre, Forest Road, at 7.30pm on Tuesday, May 22.

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