A PENSIONER has queried 'what he is receiving for his council tax' following a crash on a main road in Threapwood, which he claims Staffordshire County Council has "done nothing about" despite numerous requests to improve its safety.
A 23-year-old man was left severely trapped when his black Seat Ibiza left the road and collided with a tree near Cheadle in the early hours of Sunday, August 11.
The incident took place on the Alton to Cheadle Road at Threapwood at 4.40am.
Fire crews from Cheadle, Ipstones and a rescue tender from Longton used hydraulic cutting equipment to free the 23-year-old, who still remians in hospital in a 'stable condition'.
Pensioner Stan Eyre, of Sandy Lane, Threapwood, saw the aftermath of the crash while he was walking to fetch his Sunday paper.
He said: "I fetched the paper and saw what happened and my neighbours gathered talking.
"The car's knocked the top off the stone wall and hurled it a good 30 yards into the field, so I can only the imagine the force and speed he must have gone to knock that stone wall down.
"It's hard luck if you are coming down the other way and you meet someone in this situation.
"I spoke to Mike Maryon about this road when he was our county councillor and the cabinet member for highways and transport; and I followed this up with his replacement councillor Mark Deaville, and councillor Mike Worthington, but I haven't heard anything back.
"I've been going on about this for four years, having first brought it up with the late Ted Perry, and still nothing has been done to improve safety on this road.
"It's the only straight piece of road between Cheadle and Alton and drivers come down into the village very fast on it.
"A lot of us are pensioners up here and don't get much from the rates we pay in the way of improvements for the village; we have some street lights now, but I gather they were put up by the town or parish council, so I really don't know what we're getting besides the police and education.
"I'd like a meeting with a county councillor and road officer for the area to try and get something done; people are getting very annoyed about this around here, it's horrendous."
Staffordshire County Councillor Simon Tagg, Cabinet Support Member for Transport and Connected County, said: "While we are not in a position to comment on the circumstances of the recent incident, the County Council takes road safety very seriously.
"All reported injury incidents are continually reviewed by a dedicated team to identify those sites and routes where actions can be taken to reduce the number of people hurt on our roads.
"This approach has resulted in Staffordshire's roads being among some of the safest in the country.
"This road has not been identified as having a poor safety record, however, we will continue to monitor the situation.
"Anyone with concerns about our roads should contact the Council's Highways Team on 0300 111 8000 or on our website at www.staffordshire.gov.uk"
Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward who may have seen the incident.
A spokesman said: "The incident occurred at approximately 4.40am on Sunday August 11 when a black Seat Ibiza had left the road and was in collision with a tree.
"The sole occupant of the vehicle, a 23- year-old man, was cut free from the vehicle by colleagues from Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service and was taken to the University Hospital of North Staffordshire with serious injuries.
"An investigation into the incident is now underway by officers from the Collision Investigation Unit. Witnesses are asked to contact Staffordshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 208 of August 11."
West Midlands Ambulance Service sent two ambulances, a paramedic officer, a paramedic in a rapid response vehicle together with a BASICS doctor and the Medical Emergency Response Incident Team (MERIT) to the scene.
A spokesman for the service said: "The driver was trapped for forty minutes in his car which was significantly damaged in the collision.
"After his release the man was treated for a leg fracture, facial abrasions and abdominal pain.
"He was immobilised with the use of a neck collar, spinal board and leg splint before being conveyed to the University Hospital of North Staffordshire for further assessment and treatment."
A spokesman for Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service said: "We were called to the incident that involved one vehicle which had collided into a tree. One male was severely trapped in the car.
"He was released by firefighters using hydraulic cutting equipment. He was taken to hospital by land ambulance. The incident was closed at 6.01am."