20th Nov, 2017

Dangerous junction is an ‘accident waiting to happen’ says Evesham butcher

Joshua Godfrey 8th Sep, 2017 Updated: 9th Sep, 2017

AN ANGRY Evesham butcher has branded a notorious junction an ‘accident waiting to happen’ after four lorries hit his shop in the past two years.

Dave Purser, who owns the Master Butcher on Avon Street, told the Observer he is losing business because customers are becoming too scared to venture down the ‘dangerous’ road.

A number of lorries are getting stuck as they attempt to turn right onto the High Street and have damaged brickwork and guttering and crushed bollards in the process.

Now Mr Purser wants council chiefs to consider changes and claimed the medieval road was not designed to cope with the current traffic levels.

“It’s an accident waiting to happen,” he said.

“The road is like a sausage; it’s fat in the middle but both ends are very narrow.

“All we want is the council to put a sign on the black bridges saying that the High Street is 100 yards on the next right, or make this road two ways, or left turn only.

“If it was two-way you wouldn’t need to use Brick Kiln Street then.

“We’ve been hit by a lorry four times in two years. But we’ve had a number of close calls.

“We are losing trade as the older people don’t want to come down here anymore. It’s like Beirut down here some days. They just feel unsafe coming down here.

The frustrated butcher blasted council chiefs for not listening to his concerns and claims it will take a serious accident to happen before he is listened to.

“I haven’t heard a thing from the council,” he added.

“They’ve said they are going to be in contact with residents and businesses but I haven’t heard anything.

“The traffic system in this town has had it and this proves it. I told the council that when they closed the car park to build Waitrose all the traffic will come through here.

“It has become horrendous.

“No one is listening. I went to a drop-in session and they told me to start a petition. I could get everyone in the town to sign it, but where’s it going to get me? Nowhere. It will just keep me out of there way.

“I just don’t want a serious accident to happen down here and that’s what it’s going to come to before they actually do anything.

In response, Coun Alan Amos, cabinet member for Highways, said: “We are aware of the issues caused by heavy goods vehicles using this particular road.

“We are working with local residents and businesses, along with Wychavon District and Evesham Town Councils, and plan to install a camera to help inform future decisions. We will continue to monitor the situation.”

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