Maghull Labour Councillor argues for grit bin at treacherous roa

Patrick McKinley



A Maghull Labour Councillor is urging Sefton Council to install a grit bin at the junction of Eastway and Croftfield ahead of this winter's predicted big chill.

During the height of last year's big freeze, Cllr Patrick McKinley himself paid for and spread rock salt at the treacherous incline at the junction.

Cllr McKinley, who lives near to the site, saw for himself how dangerous the junction was in icy weather as vehicles skated across the ice down the Croftfield slope and across Eastway into the path of traffic coming from either direction.

In one incident last year, a car carrying children on the school run slid across the road and crashed into kerb on the other side of the road.

Cllr McKinley said the spot is a disaster waiting to happen.

Cllr McKinley said: "I've warned all along that this junction is an accident blackspot during cold weather

"Each and every winter I've seen cars slide out of Croftfield and across Eastway into the kerb on the other side of the road.

"Last year my worst fears came true and a car carrying children was unable to stop on the ice and slid across the road before hitting the kerb. Thankfully no-one was seriously hurt, but it could have been so much worse if there had been oncoming vehicles.

"I even had to resort to spreading rock salt on the road myself last year because I could see just how dangerous it had become."

The Sudell Ward Labour Councillor, who was only elected in May, has contributed to a consultation on Sefton Council's cold weather strategy and has called for Croftfield to be given extra attention.

Cllr McKinley said: "If something isn't done, then it is only a matter of time before someone is seriously hurt or even killed because of the ice at this junction.

"I know that money is tight at Sefton Council because of the Conservative-Liberal Democrat cuts, but we need to make safety a priority. I just want either a grit bin or Croftfield to be included in the grit rounds.

"We've had devastating cold spells for two years on the trot now and already the Met Office is warning that we could be in for another one this winter. We cannot allow motorists and pedestrians to be put in jeopardy at this junction again this year."

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