Fury as crossing plan axed

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PLANS for a zebra crossing and road safety improvements in a South Yorkshire suburb have been axed, angering a councillor representing the area.

A £10,000 contribution towards public works from housing developer Ben Bailey was set to be spent on the crossing on Flash Lane, Bramley, Rotherham, and Rotherham Council had proposed to spend £35,000 on traffic calming measures such as speed humps.

Conservative councillor John Turner, who represents the suburb on Rotherham Council, said: “It is a site where people are worried to cross the road due to speeding traffic - confirmed by a police check last year which caught 10 people going too fast.

“The £10,000 for the zebra crossing did not even come from the council’s budget and was intended to be spent in the area.

“Now the council has decided it will not be installing the crossing or the traffic calming works.”

Rotherham Council said the site did not meet the criteria for a zebra or pelican crossing due to “low numbers of pedestrians” - but that the Ben Bailey money would still be used in the area.

Instead it will pay for an ‘informal crossing’ on Flash Lane - a dropped kerb on either side of the road with tactile paving and a pathway across the verge from the existing roadside footpath.

Money will also pay for poles and electricity supply so a portable speed-activated warning sign can be mounted on the road from time to time.

Traffic calming measures such as speed humps have been rejected after public consultation, the council said.

Coun Turner said a public meeting is being held from 6pm on Tuesday at Bramley Church Hall.