Residents are seeking improved road safety on a narrow street in the medieval heart of Northfield.
A petition has been set up asking Birmingham City Council to review and improve road safety on Rectory Road, which runs along the side of the historic 12th Century St Laurence Church, near the Great Stone Inn.
The petition highlights the issue of cars driving the wrong way along the short stretch of road, which is signed as a one-way street, being just wide enough for one vehicle at its junction with Church Hill.
Rectory Road – part of the one-way system around the medieval heart Northfield – but locals argue that no entry signs from Church Hill / Church Road are frequently ignored:
Rectory Road narrows at its junction with Church Hill / Church Road:
With Rectory Road having no footpath, frequent “near misses” between pedestrians and cars entering the narrow end of the road travelling the wrong way are reported.
Northfield neighbourhood police team regularly attend the junction at busy times to warn motorists, however the issue still continues.
Now, the petition is calling on Birmingham City Council to take action by cleaning and repositioning the No Entry signs, replacing the Give Way junction with a Stop junction, placing a bollard and providing CCTV.
Rector of St Laurence Church, Rev’d Canon Janet Chapman said: “Increasingly, traffic travelling the wrong way on Rectory Road, especially in the mornings as people are travelling to school. This is so dangerous and some very near misses have been witnessed.”
She asked people to support their petition – either online or at the church or pastoral centre (9am-12pm Mon-Fri) – which will be presented to local councillors at the next Northfield Ward meeting in March.
She added: “If you see anyone travelling the wrong way please take their number and report to the police. It is worth reporting to the police even it you can’t get their number so they are aware how many people are doing this.”