‘We’re just waiting for a fatality’ fear as long grass obstructs view at Westley crossroads
Long grass at a ‘known troublespot’ in Westley is a danger according to residents, who reported two collisions in the space of a week.
They say motorists are having trouble pulling out at the Westley crossroads, linking Horringer with Westley village, due to roadside growth blocking views.
Following a collision at the junction last Wednesday, nearby resident Ed Smith said Suffolk County Council possibly had some liability for not dealing with the issue at Hill Road/Westley Lane/Westley Road, which he had reported eight weeks earlier.
Norman Fryer, of Horringer, said he had also reported the overgrown verges to the council, on June 18. He contacted the Bury Free Press following a second collision on Wednesday.
“It is bad enough when the grass is short because there is a sign in your way when you look to pull out. At each side of that road the grass is so long it’s unbelievable,” said Mr Fryer. “You have to pull right out into the road because you can’t see anything. I’m not one for complaining, but someone will get killed there for sure. It is very dangerous.”
Mr Smith, of Westley Road, said he had reported the issue three years running.
“The junction is notorious for people not using their eyes. It is not just the fact that there is very long overgrowth there,” he said. “But at the moment, to pull out of the junction from Westley, the grass makes it difficult to see.”
A Suffolk County Council spokeswoman said the location had been marked for primary attention, with the east side set to be cut at the beginning of August, however the west side is a roadside nature reserve and cannot be cut until September onwards.
Mr Smith said he was not unsympathetic to protecting floral and fauna, but ‘we have to have a balance of what’s safe for human life’.
“It does concern me the council is not cutting dangerous areas like this – a known troublespot. We’re just waiting for a fatality,” he added.
Police and ambulance were called to a collision involving two cars at the junction at 6.10pm on July 11. They attended a second incident, again involving two vehicles, at 1.35pm on Wednesday.
The council spokeswoman said Highways worked with the police regarding prioritising road maintenance, but that a community warden would inspect the location and take action if required.