Petition for action on crossroads 
soars past 1,000

Councillor Jeff Kenner
Councillor Jeff Kenner

More than 1,400 people have signed an online petition in order to get a roundabout built on an accident blackspot near Shipston-on-Stour.

Councillor Jeff Kenner set up the petition after 25-year-old Julios Catachanas, from Derbyshire, died following a collision at the Portobello Crossroads on December 23.

After the petition on Warwickshire County Council’s website was set up by Mr Kenner on December 30, the number of signatures reached 940 in the first 24 hours before hitting 1,431 on Monday.

A Facebook group has also been set up with more than 1,000 members.

Mr Kenner said: “The first 1,000 signatures were gained at one per minute between December 30 and 9pm on New Year’s Eve, which was absolutely extraordinary. The county council has said this is the fastest ever to reach 1,000 signatures.”

Mr Kenner added that due to the large amount of signatures, the proposal will automatically be put on the county council’s agenda.

Richard Cheney, who represents the Liberal Democrats in Shipston-on-Stour, added that work to make this crossing safer should be a priority for the county council.

He said: “It is very important that action is taken. The speed of signatures on the petition was extraordinary and indicates the strength of feeling in the area that something needs to be done.

“There has been an increase in accidents along this stretch of road over the past few years and a roundabout would help make the crossing a lot safer.”

The closing date for the petition is March 31.

To view the petition visit https://democratic.war wickshire.gov.uk/cmis5/Petitions/tabid/90/ID/61/Portobello-Crossing-A429-B4035.aspx