A PROMINENT councillor has hailed the impact of changes made to a dangerous junction - after it was revealed that accidents had plummeted since there installation one year ago.
Bernard Peters, who represents Brizlincote ward on East Staffordshire Borough Council, revealed that he was ‘delighted’ that alterations to the junction of Spring Terrace Road and Stapenhill Road had made ‘such an impact’ on the lives of people in the area.
He told the Mail that the scheme, despite initial reservations, shows just what can happen when communities and councillors work together.
He said: “It is great to be able to look back, one year on, to see that the improvements that were made have had such an impact in the area.
“The number of reports of incidents in the area has fallen dramatically and this was what everyone involved wanted to achieve.
“Now, I will be the first to admit that when the proposals were first put into place, many thought that they were not enough or not the right option.
“However, it is twelve months later and it is fair to say that the changes have worked.
“I would also like to praise members of the public for doing their part.
“I asked them to do their bit last year and use caution on the roads - they have done this and, couple with the junction work, have helped to make the area a much safer place.”
Changes made in January last year included kerb realignment and ‘stop’ road markings being moved out further into the road to improve driver vision.
Councillor Peters added: “I walk past the junction regularly and it brings great delight to think that it is now a safer place.
“This scheme is a great example of when the community and councillor work together to get something that improves the area.
“It shows that good work can be done.
“However, I would like to stress that the area will be kept under a close watch to make sure the number of incidents at the junction do not begin to rise again in the future.”