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Birches Lane in calls for crossing

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Emma Ross (37) and (right) Peter Walden (83) on the crossing in East Street, Havant.

Emma has made a compliant about the dangerous crossing at the blind junction of East Street, Havant to her MP David Willetts. He has now taken this up and asked Hampshire County Council to move it. 

Picture: Allan Hutchings (141052-457) PPP-140704-153308001

141052_CROSSING_7/4/14 Emma Ross (37) and (right) Peter Walden (83) on the crossing in East Street, Havant. Emma has made a compliant about the dangerous crossing at the blind junction of East Street, Havant to her MP David Willetts. He has now taken this up and asked Hampshire County Council to move it. Picture: Allan Hutchings (141052-457) PPP-140704-153308001

Dreams of a lollipop lady to boost safety along Birches Lane have been scrapped for now after council officers deemed that too few people use the road each day.

A Warwickshire County Council survey counted up the number crossing the notorious Birches Lane after calls from parents and councillors.

And a council spokesman said that there were not enough residents at the time to warrant a crossing patrol officer on site each day.

“There were not enough people crossing the road to satisfy our criteria,” he said.

“But this does not mean to say that if people want to come back with a new request that it cannot be looked at again.”

The road, which has been the centre of calls for greater safety for some time, is also the subject of an online petition as residents hope for a zebra crossing to be put in place.

Cllr Dave Shilton (Con, Parkhill) said the plans had been in place for some time.

The petition calling for a crossing on the corner of Windy Arbour Post Office and the corner of Moseley Road currently has 127 signatures and will be open until April 14.

But for some, a crossing is not the answer to what has been described as a road filled with blind bends and hidden entrances.

Resident Neil Skerr said while being a “huge supporter” of the need for a crossing, it would not deter drivers speeding in what is the cause of many of the road’s incidents.

He said: “It seems to me that there is only one answer to people’s inability to drive at an appropriate speed, and that is speed humps.”

 

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