FEARS over road safety have sparked calls for better housekeeping on the A5.
Poor visibility due to overgrown vegetation has become a real concern for motorists, according to members of Oswestry Town Council who at a meeting of its development and planning committee decided to invite the Highways Agency to a future session to discuss the state of the roundabouts at Mile End, Gobowen and Whittington.
The state of Mile End roundabout has been the focus of particularly harsh criticism from the council previously and was described by Councillor Paul Milner as “an accident waiting to happen”.
Councillor Martin Bennett asked members whether the town council should be putting money aside for the maintenance of the roundabouts in case the Highways Agency did not keep on top of it, but this idea did not win much support.
Cllr John Gareth Jones told the meeting he had been impressed by the upkeep in other areas of the country and called for a national policy for the highways.
He expressed particular concern for Mile End roundabout, which had been in a very poor state until its recent work.
“If you want to get on Mile End roundabout you’re taking your life in your own hands.
“It’s a Highways Agency problem and they should sort it out.”
Councillor Martin Bennett added: “It makes the area look as though nobody cares about it.
“Surely we’re trying to attract people off that roundabout into Oswestry.
“The way it has been they might just decide to keep on driving.”
Cllr Chris Stokes added: “I certainly like the idea of letting it grow so long as the roundabouts and corners are clear.”
In a letter to the council Sally Blandford, of Amey, contracted by the Highways Agency, said: “A visibility cut is undertaken twice a year for signs, roundabouts and junctions.
“Vegetation cutting for the verge is not done unless between a footway/cycleway and the carriageway, nor is vegetation cut for the purposes of aesthetics.”
Left: The now cut Mile End Roundabout