Residents' safety concerns lead to loading ban on town road

By Harriet Ernstsons Friday 11 January 2013 Updated: 11/01 09:26

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Buy photos » Councillors Juliet Brunner and Gay Hopkins inspect the safety measures installed on Battens Drive. Picture by Marcus Mingins.

TRANSPORTERS have been banned from unloading vehicles on a busy town road after calls from worried residents.

People living in the area raised concerns about the safety of those using Battens Drive at a Winyates PACT (Partners and Communities Together) meeting.

PACT chairman Dave Jackson told the Standard when vehicles were being taken off large lorries it was blocking the road, especially around junctions.

"The feeling among residents was this was a very dangerous thing to be happening in that area which has lot of traffic junctions and roundabouts," he said.

"The people who have been to PACT and talked about this have been very vociferous about how dangerous it is and how dangerous the situation could end up being.

"It was taken on as a priority point to get something done to ease the situation and since it has been done, it has been very successful."

Councillors worked with the panel, which includes police from the area, to request double yellow lines be put on the road itself as well as at the junctions with Lowlands Lane and Colts Lane. Markings have also been placed on the kerb to show loading or unloading is not allowed.

Coun Juliet Brunner, who represents the area on Worcestershire County Council, said it had been a team effort by the panel, who had held numerous meetings to try and end the 'dangerous nuisance'.

Coun Gay Hopkins, who also represents the area, added: "People power through PACT has made our community safer and I'd like to pay tribute to our chairman Dave Jackson who has helped champion this priority."

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