Punter found hiding in bushes Click for Sound Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailDozens of residents are calling for a ‘temporary’ island installed in a town centre to be removed – eight years after it was put in. The £15,000 splinter island was installed at Stone’s Christchurch Way’s junction with Lichfield Road to to tackle a bottleneck in the area. But back in 2011 – shortly after it was installed – several residents and councillors spoke out against it following reports of increased journey times and gridlock for shoppers attempting to leave Morrisons car park onto Christchurch Way. Now fresh calls have been made for it to be scrapped with more than 120 people signing an e-petition. Stone Town Council member Rob Kenney launched the petition on Staffordshire County Council’s website. Driver named following fatal collision Watch Next Video Loading Video Unavailable Video will play in We visited just some of the city’s most ‘annoying roads’ Share this video Watch again The video will start in 8Cancel Play now Dozens want to see the island ripped up Residents told StokeonTrentLive they are keen to see it ripped up. Rodney Sherratt, aged 45, of Yarnfield, said: “I think it should go – it’s terrible trying to get out of the Morrisons car park when it’s busy. “The problem is people coming out of that junction off the car park. Most people want the right hand lane and when the lights are on the traffic backs up and you can’t get out of the car park. “If you could use both lanes it would be loads better. I’d definitely like to see the island removed. I’ve seen the traffic all the way back to the top of the hill on most occasions, especially on a Saturday when Morrisons is busy.” poll loadingDoes the island in Stone need to go?0+ VOTES SO FARYesNo Jean Plant, of Stone, has signed the petition. The 71-year-old said: “My sister scraped her van coming round it because it isn’t a big enough turning. “A lot of traffic comes down here and people who haven’t been here before don’t know you can only turn left and they have to indicate to go over the other side because they don’t realise it’s a one way. “When it rains it forms a big puddle, I don’t know why they did it in the first place. It was only supposed to be temporary, I’d definitely be happy to see it go. Everybody is signing the petition.” Traffic queuing in Stone But Robert Watson-Smith, aged 70, of Stone, said: “You get the odd one trying to get into the next lane because they haven’t realised but if they were in the wrong lane and the island wasn’t there they’d be cutting across. “I think the money would be far better spent filling in pot holes. It hasn’t caused me any issues. The water collects there a bit but only when it’s raining heavy. Want to keep up to date with the latest traffic and travel news?Each day Stoke-on-Trent Live journalists bring you the latest news on the roads and railways across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire, South Cheshire and further afield to help keep you on the move. For the very latest updates on roads including the M6, A500, A50 and more, visit our dedicated traffic and travel news channel here. We also run a live news feed each weekday, which you can access on our website’s homepage from 7am to 9pm from Monday to Friday. And for more as-we-get-it updates on the roads across the region and beyond, join The Sentinel’s traffic and travel Facebook group here. “I don’t see the point in getting rid of it in all honesty.” County councillor Jill Hood, who represents the Stone Urban ward, told a town council meeting last year that she was meeting with county council’s highways officers to reconsider the traffic island. We pay for stories! Send your videos to firstname.lastname@example.org She said: “The county council are of the view it should stay there unless we can prove otherwise. “To me it is common sense we get rid of it. Keep your fingers crossed and we can persuade the powers that be it should not be there.” Councillor Helen Fisher, cabinet member for highways and transport at the county council said: “We do listen to residents and work with local communities when there is an issue affecting their neighbourhood. “Following a request from the local county councillor, highways teams will be carrying out a feasibility study on the potential removal of the splitter island. If this was identified as the best option, any improvement work would need to be prioritised against other works in the area.” Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLive Click to playTap to play Dad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital window Police search for missing woman Follow StokeonTrentLive Download our app – You can download our free app for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store, or get the Android version from Google Play. 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The carnival parade is prevented from travelling down the High Street as the right turn exit at the bottom cannot be negotiated by the HGVs. “This also applies to emergency vehicles called to the High Street and large delivery vehicles to the High Street, all are unable to turn right. They have to continue to the Lichfield Road to make hazardous turns in small side streets to return to Stafford Street towards the A34.” Within two weeks of the e-petition’s launch 103 people had signed it with that number now standing at 124. It will remain active until May 31. Read MoreM6 drivers can expect fines in the post after being caught filming HGV crash The island was installed to filter left hand lane traffic towards the B5027 Lichfield Road and all traffic for the A34 or Crown Street into the right hand lane. Previously both lanes could be used to access the A34 and Crown Street but the vast majority of traffic for the A34 stayed in the left hand lane, and was further slowed by traffic turning left for Uttoxeter.