Village safety fears after latest car crash


Staff reporter (Border Counties)

A ST Martins pensioner has made an impassioned plea to get traffic calming measures for the village following a horrifying crash.
Ron Allison is calling for improvements to be made on Overton Road, which runs through the heart of the village, after an incident last Saturday night in which a Vauxhall Corsa careered off the road, crashing through two fences and into a field by The Keys public house. A telephone pole was also demolished.
The male driver was taken to the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital with a minor injury.
The 77-year-old said it follows years of near misses along the 30mph stretch of village road.
He continued: “It has been a problem for years and it is definitely a talking point in the village
“Everybody who looked at the result of last Saturday’s crash said ‘how on earth did they survive’ and they are right, but I believe it all comes down to speed.
“There are so many simple, inexpensive things the council could do to slow the traffic down but they say they cannot afford it.”
Mr Allison revealed that with no action being taken he spent £60 of his own money to buy an A-board, pictured,  warning motorists of their speed just days before the crash, but within days it had disappeared.
He continued: “The sign worked, people were coming up to it and it reminded them to slow down, that is all they need. Sadly I do not know where it went.”
But Mr Allison said he will not give up and is working with the St Martins Parish Plan to bring vehicle activated signs, speed bumps and giveway ‘build-outs’ to Overton Road in a bid to slow traffic down.
He was supported by local Shropshire Councillor Steve Davenport, who said: “As much as the police can try to enforce the 30mph limit I am working at getting speed restrictions for the village.
“Vehicle activated signs are in the pipeline and there will be host of improvements down at the school, including narrowing the road, so we are working on it,” he added.

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