Crossing campaigners accuse council of dragging their feet


Rebecca Cole

CAMPAIGNERS calling for new road safety measures are still waiting to hear if their hard work has been successful.
Grandmother Dot Basham, of Gobowen, has criticised Shropshire Council for dragging its heels after pleas for a pelican crossing to be installed on St Martins Road where an 11-year-old boy was knocked down.
Her action group has been chasing a response for months but despite raising a petition with hundreds of signatures of support for the project, Shropshire Council has now announced a decision will not be made until June.
Mrs Basham said: “I just despair.
“It just goes on and on.
“We were told it would be April, and now that’s passed and we’re into May it’s changed to June. It’s beyond belief,” she added.
The danger spot is close to the junction with School Lane which houses Gobowen Primary School, a factor which has made campaigners particularly determined to see change.
And despite the setback, Dot is still hopeful any eventual decision will fall in her favour but appealed to the council to let the community know sooner rather than later.
“Before long we’re going to be at the end of another school year and nothing will have been done.
“I’ve got one granddaughter already in school and another two coming up so I don’t want them to have the same fears.
“But it’s for everyone who needs to cross that road, the whole community,” she added.
Councillor Claire Wild, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “Following traffic and pedestrian surveys a scheme for a new pedestrian crossing on the St Martins Road in Gobowen has been included in our draft capital works programme for 2014/15 which is due to be considered by Cabinet in June.”
Mrs Basham also revealed a fresh concern had arisen: while many drivers have slowed down, particularly since the installation of new speed signs designed by schoolchildren, others were now overtaking the slower cars, increasing the chance of another accident.
“There could be one almighty crash one of these days and I believe the only way to stop that happening is with a new crossing,” she concluded.

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