Longridge pedestrian crossing plan in ‘wrong place’

Crossing debate in Longridge
Crossing debate in Longridge
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A new pedestrian crossing proposed for King Street in Longridge would be ‘in the wrong place’ town councillors have decided.

They felt Lancashire County Council’s plans for the crossing would be better on Market Place where the school crossing warden operates every school day.

It came out of the blue that it could be there, near where the old health centre used to be

County Councillor David Smith

And lollipop lady for 30 years, Joan Potter, said a crossing on her patch was the most logical position for a new crossing.

“If it’s further up on King Street, people would have to cross this area twice to get to school, and it’s always busy at school times.” she said.

“Drivers are not always careful about speed when they turn into or out of Berry Lane, and children are not as good as they used to be stopping at the kerb and waiting to cross.”

County Councillor David Smith raised the subject at last week’s council meeting, concerned that he had not been informed as to who made the crossing request.

He said: “There has been extensive discussion about crossings on Berry Lane nearer to Derby Road in Longridge, but never any mention of King Street. It came out of the blue that it could be there, near where the old health centre used to be.”

The county needed to relate to local needs, Coun Jim Rogerson said, adding the proposal was in the wrong place and should be put through the reserved matters relating to the Taylor Woods development off Dilworth Lane. “There is already a splurge of people coming up from Dilworth’s Cromwell Fields walking to the school or church.

“The crossing should be near the lollipop lady.”

Councillors are to discuss the proposal at their next meeting on Wednesday, December 23.

It later transpired the county council had posted public notices on the scheme ‘as part of a Local Safety Scheme programme’ aimed at children and the vulnerable elderly.

It noted there had been two ‘slight injury’ accidents in the five year period 2010 to 2014 and the proposals required public consultation. The completed scheme would be by March 31 2016, construction by a year later and the maximum total cost of the project would be £26,954.