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Fishery owner wants speed limit after double death tragedy near Whitchurch

By Sue Austin | Whitchurch | News | Published:

The owner of a fishery on a busy main road near Whitchurch says a speed limit is vital on the road to prevent any more tragedies after two men were killed.

Karl Humphries, who runs Get Hooked on Fishing, and fishing pool owner Chris Weaver

Fisherman Roy Bundy, from Chester, was struck by a motorcycle ridden by Walter Dobrowolski, from Telford, on the A525.

Both pensioners died of multiple injuries following the crash, which happened close to the Villa Farm fishing pools on March 21.

An inquest last week heard there were inadequate signs to warn of the crossing between the fishery and its car park.

Chris Weaver, who runs the pools, said what was needed was a speed limit.

"People don't slow down for signs but if there is a speed limit that is enforced it will slow drivers down," he said.

"We have motorcycles, cars and lorries all being driven far too fast on the road. Why can't Shropshire have a speed limit when if you cross the border into Cheshire or into north Wales there are speed limits all along the road."

Also a farmer, Mr Weaver has taken his dairy herd across the road for many years.

He added: "The traffic has quadrupled over the years and there have been so many near misses and accidents where the police have not been called out. One driver went through a large section of my hedge recently."

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"We have a lot of groups from the community come to the fishing pools including people with mental health difficulties who get such a lot from coming here. I am doing my bit for the community yet I am not getting any help."

Shropshire County Councillor, Gerald Dakin said he hoped that council engineers would be looking at safety proposals for the road very soon.

"You can put in all the traffic restrictions you can, but you still have to rely on people to obey them," he said.

He said that ironically the good road surface was part of the problem.

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"It is a very good road surface and unfortunately that encourages drivers to speed.

"Also, drivers coming towards Whitchurch from Crewe and Nantwich have been negotiating a very bendy road which has held them back. Then, suddenly, they come across a straight stretch of about 300 yards with a good road surface and they can speed up and look to overtake."

"People do not realise that there is a crossing there."

Sue Austin

By Sue Austin
Chief Reporter

Chief reporter of the Oswestry/Mid Wales office. Keen to hear your news.

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