'Someone will die' Councillor makes West Bay crossing plea

Dorset Echo: WARNING: The junction in question WARNING: The junction in question

SOMEONE will die in West Bay unless pedestrians can find a safe place to cross.

That was the warning issued by Bridport Town Councillor Martin Ray.

West Bay campaigner Chris Cherry addressed councillors at a full council meeting on the problems still being felt in the harbour with the changed priority and lack of a safe crossing.

He was asking for town council support to get the road layout changed and a crossing put in next to St John’s Church – a move supported by a petition of nearly 1,500 people.

Coun Martin Ray said the refuge should be put back.

He said: “If they don’t put a crossing in someone is going to get killed.”

Coun Dave Rickard said: “It is about the distance that older people have to travel looking at a certain direction of traffic. That was the point made by the people of Harbour House. They need a refuge because it is two-way traffic there. Older people need that safety position.”

He suggested if the county council was so strapped for cash then town councillors could go to the South Street tip, get free pots of paint and paint a crossing themselves.

Coun Ros Kayes said: “I am really concerned about the crossing point. It is imperative that it is progressed as soon as possible.”

She and Coun Gillian Summers had been to a meeting where county highways were asked to cost various options.

Coun Kayes added: “Suggestions included changing the entire road surface from the junction where the priority has changed to St John’s Church.

“I think that would be very prohibitive and very confusing.

“The second thing they were asked to cost for was to put a different coloured tarmac in the shape of a crossing, That would be much cheaper and much easier.”

Coun Robert Gould, leader of West Dorset District Council, said: “We will now be working with Dorset County Council to prepare an alternative design for the scheme which will allow two-way traffic at Haddon House and incorporate features that will make it easier for cyclists to cross the rumble strip.”

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4:41pm Tue 3 Dec 13

Dorset stuff says...

I lived in West Bay for 11 years. Crossings may be one thing but the locals and grockles are like lemmings throughout the year. The new road system is awful and a waste of money. Perhaps cleaning up the run down chip shops or cleaning the layer of grease outside them on the pavement would be a better bet! Chips attract seagulls, and chavs apparently.
I lived in West Bay for 11 years. Crossings may be one thing but the locals and grockles are like lemmings throughout the year. The new road system is awful and a waste of money. Perhaps cleaning up the run down chip shops or cleaning the layer of grease outside them on the pavement would be a better bet! Chips attract seagulls, and chavs apparently. Dorset stuff

3:05pm Wed 4 Dec 13

weymouthfox says...

As an occasional visitor to West Bay, I feel sure the new traffic system by the Haddon House Hotel was designed by a compalte idiot. Local people know the town, but in July and August it was very dangerous with visitors all over the road wondering where to go.
As an occasional visitor to West Bay, I feel sure the new traffic system by the Haddon House Hotel was designed by a compalte idiot. Local people know the town, but in July and August it was very dangerous with visitors all over the road wondering where to go. weymouthfox

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