Danger road' blow
PUBLISHED: 13:36 22 November 2007 | UPDATED: 15:19 12 May 2010
A STRETCH of road near Buntingford labelled dangerous by residents is unlikely to see further safety measures put in place in the near future, says Hertfordshire Highways. Last week Herts Highways carried out a traffic and environmental assessment on t
A STRETCH of road near Buntingford labelled "dangerous" by residents is unlikely to see further safety measures put in place in the near future, says Hertfordshire Highways.
Last week Herts Highways carried out a traffic and environmental assessment on the A10 in Westmill, following a meeting between the agency and Westmill Parish Council.
The results of this assessment will be presented at the next meeting of the Highways joint member panel, and members will then have to decide whether to make improving the stretch of road a priority.
Some road safety precautions are already in place in Westmill, including a 50mph speed limit, but residents feel these are insufficient, and are calling for the introduction of motion-activated warning signs.
A spokesman for Herts Highways said: "Given that there have only been five minor incidents reported in this area over the last three years, it is unlikely Westmill will be made a high priority case.
"The joint member panel will discuss the report, and give this particular piece of the A10 a ranking depending on how urgently they think improvements are needed.
"This ranking will determine whether further funding is made available.
"There is only a limited budget, and there are already signs in place through Westmill, together with an anti-skid road surface."
Westmill Parish Clerk Hilary Harding said: "A lot of drivers still shoot through the village like they are on the dual carriageway.
"It's very dangerous if you are turning on to the main road.
"The signs we have at the moment often get ignored.
"Standon has flashing warnings to slow motorists down, and we would like to see some of these put up in Westmill."
Parish councillor Muriel Parsons said: "We do not want to wait for the next fatality to happen before something gets done".
"There is an incident log in the village tea shop for drivers to report crashes and near misses, but many go unrecorded."
The parish council has held meetings with Hertfordshire Police and North East Herts MP Oliver Heald to discuss this issue.
It plans to arrange a public meeting for residents to air their views.