Fears over 'dangerous' road signs

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A BUSINESSMAN says he is fed up with Wiltshire Council failing to do its job.

Lance Foord, a self-employed businessman in Salisbury, has reported a number of issues to do with road signs he has noticed around the city to Wiltshire Council, ranging from the unsightly to those he feels are dangerous.

But he says the council don’t seem interested in resolving these problems and, despite going to the office in Wilton and reporting some of the problems in person, was told he had to go through the council’s website.

“Some of the things I’ve noticed are in urgent need and some are dangerous,” he said. “I don’t feel they are doing their job properly. They just don’t seem to care and I don’t have time to work it out on their website - it takes forever.”

Mr Foord said the right of way signs over the small bridge in the central car park between the car park and coach park have been missing since last year, causing confusion for motorists.

“I reported the bridge issue to them back in the autumn last year. It’s an accident waiting to happen and they’ve got to make it safe. It just seems to me that they are so laidback. They need to get their act together. If someone did have an accident, who’s liable?

“Now I keep noticing more things around the city.”

He said there is a sign that is an eyesore by York Road and a sign outside Gullicks Florist in Fisherton Street that has been hit by a vehicle and should be replaced.

His other biggest concern is a sign on Churchill Way West that is completely obscured by trees. Mr Foord says he has often been stopped by tourists on Fisherton Street who have got lost trying to find their way to Stonehenge because the brown sign is completely hidden.

A Wiltshire Council spokesman said a replacement sign for the central car park bridge has been designed and ordered. “Replacement traffic priority signage will be put in place as soon as possible,” he said.

“If people do want to notify us of any highways issues they can let us know via the My Wiltshire app or by calling 0300 456 0105.”

He said the sign on Churchill Way West would be the responsibility of the Highways Agency.

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11:00am Thu 24 Jul 14

Old Salisbury Boy says...

I thought the removal of the Welcome to Wiltshire signs on the county border near the A338 at Cholderton and Tidworth was a temporary measure but that was a couple of years ago and they have never been replaced, in that time the Hampshire signs have been re-painted and generally looked after.
Typifies the care shown by the council's involved perhaps...
I thought the removal of the Welcome to Wiltshire signs on the county border near the A338 at Cholderton and Tidworth was a temporary measure but that was a couple of years ago and they have never been replaced, in that time the Hampshire signs have been re-painted and generally looked after. Typifies the care shown by the council's involved perhaps... Old Salisbury Boy
  • Score: 13

11:05am Thu 24 Jul 14

Old Salisbury Boy says...

I have reported both missing county border signs to Clarence and on the Wiltshire website and via Twitter over the years, I was once told by a Wiltshire employee that there are several signs missing around the County as they were removed pending a change in the logo but the decision on a logo change was never made and so the signs remain stored in one of the many Council depots.
I have reported both missing county border signs to Clarence and on the Wiltshire website and via Twitter over the years, I was once told by a Wiltshire employee that there are several signs missing around the County as they were removed pending a change in the logo but the decision on a logo change was never made and so the signs remain stored in one of the many Council depots. Old Salisbury Boy
  • Score: 6

2:46pm Thu 24 Jul 14

karlmarx says...

From 2013

"TWO brown tourist signs costing a total of £10,000 are going up on the entrance roads to Salisbury in an effort to boost trade in the city.
The first is due to be positioned in place on London Road on March 31 and the second, on Castle Road, at the end of April."

The money was there, it was just deemed more important to advertise rather than make safe.
From 2013 "TWO brown tourist signs costing a total of £10,000 are going up on the entrance roads to Salisbury in an effort to boost trade in the city. The first is due to be positioned in place on London Road on March 31 and the second, on Castle Road, at the end of April." The money was there, it was just deemed more important to advertise rather than make safe. karlmarx
  • Score: 10

4:49pm Thu 24 Jul 14

John Wigs says...

We have similar problems at the Countess Roundabout but that is the way the Island is engineered! People leaving Amesbury to approach the Island have two lanes! Tourist haven't a clue so they keep to the inside lane. This is a lethal move because IF they are going East towards London they cross over the second lane that is used for traffic going North! There has been some near misses here. It also happens the other way for traffic going into Amesbury. There is also a lack of Directional signs at all levels.
We have similar problems at the Countess Roundabout but that is the way the Island is engineered! People leaving Amesbury to approach the Island have two lanes! Tourist haven't a clue so they keep to the inside lane. This is a lethal move because IF they are going East towards London they cross over the second lane that is used for traffic going North! There has been some near misses here. It also happens the other way for traffic going into Amesbury. There is also a lack of Directional signs at all levels. John Wigs
  • Score: 7

8:25pm Thu 24 Jul 14

aldonreaper says...

solstice park roundabout had most of its signs destroyed by cars a few years ago and they are still bent over stumps waiting to be replaced
solstice park roundabout had most of its signs destroyed by cars a few years ago and they are still bent over stumps waiting to be replaced aldonreaper
  • Score: 9

11:29am Fri 25 Jul 14

Grampie says...

The approaches to the city look shabby with uncut verges, the weeds now dying off, obscured traffic light at the Castle Street Roundabout, flooding detritus in Southampton Road, six months after it happened, missing and rusty signs.

At long last a number of roads have been fixed, years later than they should have been.

That is what happens when we have little control over our own environment.

One day our city will look as clean and smart as other places in Wiltshire.

They just can't see it from Trowbridge
The approaches to the city look shabby with uncut verges, the weeds now dying off, obscured traffic light at the Castle Street Roundabout, flooding detritus in Southampton Road, six months after it happened, missing and rusty signs. At long last a number of roads have been fixed, years later than they should have been. That is what happens when we have little control over our own environment. One day our city will look as clean and smart as other places in Wiltshire. They just can't see it from Trowbridge Grampie
  • Score: 8

11:08pm Fri 25 Jul 14

aldonreaper says...

Grampie wrote:
The approaches to the city look shabby with uncut verges, the weeds now dying off, obscured traffic light at the Castle Street Roundabout, flooding detritus in Southampton Road, six months after it happened, missing and rusty signs.

At long last a number of roads have been fixed, years later than they should have been.

That is what happens when we have little control over our own environment.

One day our city will look as clean and smart as other places in Wiltshire.

They just can't see it from Trowbridge
pop over the bridge into wales and see if you can find many pot holes. over there they repair them with heat ect and they dont break up. no little men with hand thumpers and cold tar over there, they do it properly
[quote][p][bold]Grampie[/bold] wrote: The approaches to the city look shabby with uncut verges, the weeds now dying off, obscured traffic light at the Castle Street Roundabout, flooding detritus in Southampton Road, six months after it happened, missing and rusty signs. At long last a number of roads have been fixed, years later than they should have been. That is what happens when we have little control over our own environment. One day our city will look as clean and smart as other places in Wiltshire. They just can't see it from Trowbridge[/p][/quote]pop over the bridge into wales and see if you can find many pot holes. over there they repair them with heat ect and they dont break up. no little men with hand thumpers and cold tar over there, they do it properly aldonreaper
  • Score: 3

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