22nd Aug, 2019

County council slammed for failing to clear overgrowth blocking traffic lights on Pickersleigh Road

Craig Gibbons 23rd Mar, 2018 Updated: 23rd Mar, 2018

WORCESTERSHIRE County Council has been slammed for failing to remove overhanging tress blocking traffic lights at a pedestrian crossing on a busy Malvern road.

We reported in October last year a concerned resident, who wished to remain anonymous, stated drivers heading away from the mini-roundabout at the junction of Pickersleigh Road and Madresfield Road could not see the settings on the lights until the very last minute.

He feared for the safety of pedestrians after noticing on numerous occasions vehicles were going through red lights due to the obstructions.

“Must there be a serious accident to a pedestrian at these lights before something is done?” he added.

At the time the county council confirmed it had received a complaint and told the Observer ‘a regular maintenance rota’ had been agreed for the location after discussions with residents.

However, five months later the furious resident contacted us again to say nothing had been done.

We approached Coun Caroline Bovey, district and town councillor for Pickersleigh ward, who confirmed the overgrowth had not been trimmed.

“At this moment, without foliage, the lights are just about visible but with the new Spring growth they will be completely obscured going towards the Link,” she said.

“This is a potentially serious issue.

“Winter is the season for tree pruning and I appreciate the county council has a lot of work to undertake at this time of year.

“However, this should be made a priority due to its proximity to the crossing lights and it is unacceptable to have left if for so long.

“If it is left until the leaves come back, I fear it could be the cause of a serious accident.”

A county council spokesperson said the authority was ‘aware of the matter’ and that someone was heading down to the location tomorrow (Saturday) to cut the overgrowth.

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