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Meeting set to discuss action over 'death trap' junction
A HIGH-LEVEL meeting is to be held after pleas to make a ‘death trap’ junction safer.
The notorious Hunters Lodge junction on the A35 on the West Dorset-Devon border, at the turning point with Lyme Road near Hunters Lodge Inn, claimed the lives of two elderly holidaymakers on July 10 when their Corsa collided with a Renault van.
A meeting between parish councils and Honiton MP Neil Parish is due to be held at the Guildhall in Axminster at 5pm on September 16. Members of the public are encouraged to attend the meeting to voice concerns.
The meeting was called after Mr Parish was contacted by campaigner Joy Raymond.
Mrs Raymond, who owns Hedgehog Corner Guest and Accommodation Cottages, said she was pleased local people had the chance to get across their worries regarding the ‘death trap’.
She said: “I know a lot of people who have had near death experiences at this junction.
“I am born and bred in this area so I know all about the junction, but it just seems it has been getting worse and worse every year.
“We have been campaigning for them to change the road to make it safer, but they just keep going round and round and have done hardly anything.
“They have painted some red hatching areas and put some signs up, but it’s going to take more than a few splashes of paint and a few new signs to make it safer.”
The daughters of the two elderly women who died are also expected to attend the meeting and Mrs Raymond said she hoped local people would go and “vociferously voice the concerns they have”.
Mrs Raymond added: “This is a golden opportunity to finally get something done, the only negative is that it has come on the back of such a tragedy.
“It needs to be made safer, anytime we have to go down there it feels like we are taking our safety and our lives into our hands.”
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