Christchurch residents call for improvements on busy roundabout after fatal crash (From Bournemouth Echo)
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Christchurch residents call for improvements on busy roundabout after fatal crash
CHRISTCHURCH residents are campaigning to improve the safety of a busy roundabout following a fatal collision involving a 79-year-old pedestrian.
Stan Rogers died after being hit by a lorry whilst crossing Christchurch High Street on the junction of Fountain roundabout on September 20.
Residents are now calling for Dorset County Council to make Fountain Roundabout a priority and introduce safe crossings and improvements for motorists. Pearl Dilley, 76, who is leading the campaign, wrote to the Highways Agency to complain about the roundabout after the fatal collision.
She said: “Something must be done. It’s incredibly dangerous for motorists and pedestrians.
“Ideally we would like to see the council install push-button traffic lights as there is nowhere safe for pedestrians to cross.”
Christchurch councillor Peter Hall said: “We want Dorset County Council to make this a priority because the safety of residents is at stake.”
Resident Roger Townsend, 66, who knew Stan for around 10 years, raised the issue of the elderly population in Christchurch.
The town has a higher percentage of retired residents than any other area in the country, with almost 30 per cent of the population over 65 compared to a national average of 16.4 per cent.
Roger said: “The roads are incredibly busy, so the elderly residents find it difficult to cross.”
A Dorset County Council spokesperson said: “Until the police have completed their thorough investigation, which includes a fatal site investigation with colleagues from the Traffic Engineering Team and the resulting Coroner's inquest, we are unable to comment.
“When we receive the petition it will go to committee for our members to consider, but until the outcome of the police investigation and coroner’s inquest it will be difficult for members to comment.”
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