Road Safety

St Athan Road Safety E-Mail Complaint

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Subject: St Athan Road Safety
Date: Thu, 19 Oct 2017 10:18:22 +0100
From: David A Elston <d.elston@pirateparty.org.uk>
To: c1v@valeofglamorgan.gov.uk

 

Dear Vale of Glamorgan Council

Last year you will no doubt be aware of the press hits in the local papers, the demonstrations with teachers and pupils of the local schools which included a police escort, the video footage published online and the information gathered from the survey from the Community Council. I believe a petition also took place, all in relation to road safety in St Athan.

Regrettably, despite the police calling the roads "not safe" and all the above, improvements to the roads were never made.

Eglwys Brewis Road Video

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Eglwys Brewis Road safety campaign continues to push for an improved road or transport. Here is a video I put together on the issue:

 

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St Athan Village Proposed Traffic Solution

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The number one killer of young people (defined as 15-29 year olds) in the world is road related deaths.
 
In the UK there were 1730 traffic deaths in 2015[1]. There is often more than one contributing factor, however it is claimed 90%[2] to 95%[3] of the time driver error was one of the contributing factors. While the data available does not give us a precise number of how many definitely included driver error, we can see an overwhelming majority of the time that a contributing factor is driver error[4].
 
Driver failed to look properly and driver/rider failed to judge other person's path of speed are the highest contributors by a considerable margin and issues relating to speed are secondary, while other issues trail behind considerably.
 

Eglwys Brewis road Press Release

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Vale of Glamorgan Council will not improve safety on Eglwys Brewis road despite a teacher already having lost their life to this dangerous stretch. The road is in a bad state of decay and primarily children walk this route. I wholly support parents and other residents calls for this road to be made safer.

I understand you have been contacted from residents regarding road safety concerns around the Eglwys Brewis into Llantwit Major roads.

I contacted the higher Vale council on this matter and was given a rather comprehensive response that can be summed up to say they have had the road signed off as safe, due to the speed limit being 40 mph.

Sadly they did not respond to my comments about the poor quality of the road, such as flora overgrowth, potholes and soil encroachment creating poor road conditions which increases the level of danger. Additionally the pedestrians walking this road are often children.

I'm very disheartened to find the Vale council are not willing to improve the road safety when the life of a local teacher was already lost on this dangerous road.