Campaigners erect zebra crossing outside Sheffield Town Hall

Campaigners stage protest outside Sheffield Town Hall
Campaigners stage protest outside Sheffield Town Hall
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Parents and children demanding a pedestrian crossing where a schoolgirl was badly injured have staged a protest outside Sheffield Town Hall.

High Storrs School pupil Grace Jacobs, aged 12, suffered a broken leg and wrist when she was struck by a car as she crossed Hangingwater Road in 2015.

Campaigners stage protest outside Sheffield Town Hall.

Campaigners stage protest outside Sheffield Town Hall.

Following the accident a campaign was launched to get a crossing at the junction of Hangingwater Road and Whiteley Wood Road.

A petition calling for a crossing has now been backed by 6,500 people.

On Saturday, campaigners set up a mock zebra crossing outside Sheffield Town Hall ahead of presenting Sheffield Council with the petition on Wednesday.

Joint petition organiser Jane Bollington said: “We find ourselves as parents in a ridiculous situation in that the only direct walking route to their catchment school is across this dangerous junction, where children have to stand in the centre of four lanes of traffic to be able to cross the road.

"At the Council meeting on Wednesday we will be presenting the petition on behalf of over 6500 people in Sheffield calling for a safe crossing at this junction for our children.

"We have been campaigning to Sheffield Council for over nine months to address the dangerous situation following a serious accident at the junction in December 2015 and we will hold the council responsible if they make the wrong choice and another one of our children is hurt or even worse, as a result.

"We are calling on the council to finally make the safe decision and put in a crossing at the junction of Hangingwater and Whiteley Wood Road.

"If it's not a safe place for a crossing warden to be placed at this junction, it certainly isn't safe for the 160 children who regularly cross at this junction.

We staged the protest to let Sheffield Council know that we are serious in our request for a crossing and that we won’t be going away until a satisfactory outcome has been made."

To sign the petition, visit: https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/safe-footpath-crossing-at-the-junction-of-hangingwater-whiteley-wood-road-sheffield-1