Objections to crossing proposal

PLANS to put a zebra crossing on a busy road have been objected to on safety grounds.

Stamford Town Council wants Lincolnshire County Council to install a pelican crossing rather than its proposed zebra crossing on Sidney Farm Lane.

Councillors feel the button operated pelican crossing is safer than a zebra crossing.

The crossing is part of a £230,000 package of community travel zone schemes in the town, which aim to reduce the number of short car journeys.

The county council has consulted on three of the five schemes being considered - the zebra crossing in Sydney Farm Lane, plans to convert a footpath in Casterton Road into a shared footpath and cyclepath and plans for a pathway in Drift Road and Ryhall Road.

The other two schemes are a mini-roundabout in Priory Road and improving High Street St Martin’s.

The town council agreed to lodge an objection against the Sidney Farm Lane scheme at its meeting on Tuesday.

It has not lodged any objections against the other two schemes but did express concerns that an appropriate crossing needs to link the paths in Ryhall Road.

Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership’s safety audit will look at this.

The Sidney Farm Lane plans will now be heading back to the county council’s planning and regulation committee to make a final decision.

There will be no delays for the other schemes.

Speaking at the meeting on Tuesday Coun John Dawson (Ind) said: “The amount of money they spend on consultation would pay for several pelican crossings.

“On a scheme that would save lives they seem to be penny pinching.”

Senior highways engineer Adam Freear, said: “The town council has objected to a zebra crossing for Sidney Farm Lane, requesting a pelican crossing instead.

“Our original proposal for a zebra crossing is based on the volume of footfall and traffic volume on Sidney Farm Lane.

“Pelican crossings are typically installed on roads outside large amenities or with significantly high usage.

“It was also considered that Sidney Farm Lane is not wide enough to install a central refuge. However, the town council’s views will now be put before a planning and regulation committee who will look at both options and make a final decision.”