MP joins parents to demand crossing on hazardous Sheffield road

Nick Clegg, MP for Sheffield Hallam, joined parents andcouncillors as they erected a makeshift crossing at the Hangingwater and Whitley Woods junction.
Nick Clegg, MP for Sheffield Hallam, joined parents andcouncillors as they erected a makeshift crossing at the Hangingwater and Whitley Woods junction.
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A Sheffield MP has backed calls for a crossing on a stretch of road where a schoolgirl was seriously injured.

Nick Clegg, MP for Sheffield Hallam, joined parents and councillors as they erected a makeshift crossing at the Hangingwater and Whitley Woods junction on Friday.

Parents have been demanding a crossing at the junction, which is used by hundreds of school pupils every day, ever since a 12-year-old girl was seriously injured in December 2015.

Mr Clegg urged Sheffield Council to take action and make the crossing safe for the children.

He said: "It's only a matter of time until there's another accident at this junction.

"It's now October and the nights are getting darker fast. This is a really good time to say to Sheffield Council 'for heaven's sake, children's lives are at at risk'."

Martin Jacobs launched the crossing campaign after his daughter Grace sustained three breaks to her leg and two to her arm after a motorist hit her at the junction.

Last week, Martin handed a petition to Sheffield Council calling for a crossing, which had been signed by 6,346 people.

Sheffield Council have forwarded the petition to Coun Mazher Iqbal, cabinet member for infrastructure and transport, who is considering proposals.

But for martin Jacobs, whose daughter Grace was injured on the road, he is worried that the petition will be ignored.

He said: "We are worried that the council will just kick this petition into the long grass and nothing will be done.

"That's why we will keep the pressure on."

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

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