Zebra crossing set for go-ahead

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HIGHWAYS officers are recommending that a council’s objections to a zebra crossing are ignored.

Lincolnshire County Council’s planning and regulation committee is being advised to overrule Stamford Town Council’s objections and go-ahead with plans to install the crossing at Sidney Farm Lane.

The town council lodged an objection on safety grounds in February and called for a pelican crossing instead.

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 community travel 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.

But a report to the committee meeting on Monday is advising that a zebra crossing is the most cost effective solution.

The report states: “The proposed crossing at this location will provide a safe crossing point at an estimated cost of £30,000. A pelican crossing would cost in excess of £100,000 and would reduce the budget available to carry out other priority community travel zone schemes in the town.

“The proposal is a cost effective solution that will improve the safety for those crossing the road at this location.”

The report states that the zebra crossing proposal did not receive objections from Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership or South Kesteven District Council.

The council also received a letter from a member of the public supporting the proposal.

Lincolnshire county councillor and former mayor David Brailsford (Con) states in the report that he will determine his position after listening to the discussions in committee. He is a member of the committee.

New mayor John Binder said that the council had supported the initiative to put a crossing at the end of the road.

He said: “The town council strongly considers that the savings achieved by the county council from not pursuing the installation of mini roundabouts and speed humps in the town centre, would have been able to direct some funds toward the installation of this necessarily pelican crossing at Sidney Farm Lane.

“The town council accepts that funds are limited but would expect that these limited resources are utilised effectively without compromising the lives of children.”

He is also suggesting that the crossing point at Ryhall Road by the Borderville be re-considered or delayed until further resources are found which would enable the pelican crossing to go ahead.

The county council says that the zebra crossing in High Street St Martins, which is part of the community travel zone, has been completed and that it is pricing up a footway/cycleway between Ryhall Road and Drift Road. Work is hoped to start on that project in October.