Roundabout fears to be voiced at public meeting

By Tim Clarke Wednesday 19 December 2012 Updated: 20/12 12:08

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MOTORISTS who still have fears over the safety of a busy roundabout in Worcester can voice their concerns at a public meeting next month.

Changes aimed at easing congestion at the Whittington roundabout brought a storm of controversy back in September with many drivers complaining the £1.3million raft of measures had created an 'accident blackspot'.

The Standard reported how the council bowed to public pressure and made further improvements to give way signs, road markings and the angle of the junction at the end of a controversial new filter lane which takes traffic onto the A4440 towards Malvern.

But the changes have not appeased some motorists and Lisa Ventura, of the Whittington Roundabout Safety Campaign, has organised a public meeting for Tuesday, January 15 where people are being urged to share their views.

Mrs Ventura, who set up the group after her car was shunted from behind by another driver at the junction, said a stream of motorists had continued to contact her to blast the layout of the roundabout.

She said many drivers including herself now avoided it altogether even though it often meant taking a longer route to their destination.

"I have had so many people contact me I just felt I wanted to give people a proper chance to have their say," Mrs Ventura said.

"We all know there is a problem and I know people will want to get a few bits off their chest about it but I would also like this meeting to be about trying to come up with some solutions and seeing if there is anything that has been missed."

Mrs Ventura will compile a report after the meeting containing residents' views which will be sent to Worcestershire County Council's Highways Department.

Officers from Highways have been invited to attend the meeting which is being held upstairs in the Little Venice Restaurant in Worcester at 7pm.

The Standard contacted the council to confirm whether officers would be attending but had not received a response at the time of going to press.

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