Roundabout road threat
A BUSY roundabout in Weston has been labelled as 'hazardous' and 'potentially lethal.' North Somerset councillor Richard Tucker has been campaigning for safety barriers and other measures at the spot next to the junction of Somerset Avenue and Moor Lane.
A BUSY roundabout in Weston has been labelled as 'hazardous' and 'potentially lethal.' North Somerset councillor Richard Tucker has been campaigning for safety barriers and other measures at the spot next to the junction of Somerset Avenue and Moor Lane. He said residents living in The Pinnacle, a block of flats off Moor Lane, wrote to him following a serious accident last summer when a car careered off the roundabout straight into the flats.Cllr Tucker said: "I understand the vehicle only just missed a bank of three gas meters by a couple of feet. As someone pointed out - what will happen when it's a lorry, tanker or bus? "Residents tell me they can constantly hear the squeal of tyres and brakes on the roundabout as vehicles speed onto, and down from, Flowerdown Bridge. "I felt I simply had to take their case up with the council and get something done at this hazardous and potentially lethal spot on the busiest and fastest road in Weston."Cllr Tucker has contacted highways officers at North Somerset Council to request crash barriers and other safety measures be installed in front of the flats. But he says he was told because there are already countdown markings on the road and the accident was caused by a drunk driver, nothing else was needed to be done. Cllr Tucker added: "I had another letter from North Somerset Council last week which stated: 'Installing barriers will not necessarily prevent accidents happening, although we acknowledge they may reduce the consequences. 'None of the recorded collisions with street furniture in the last six years have resulted in casualties, so it would be difficult to justify the cost of providing such a barrier." Last July former Weston College student Daniel Keen, who lives in The Pinnacle, got an unpleasant surprise when a car smashed through the wall of his property.Daniel was asleep in his new flat in the early hours of the morning when friends woke him to say the vehicle had come off the roundabout next to the block of flats and gone into his garage.