Plea to avoid deaths along ‘danger’ route

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A PENSIONER told councillors he fears “someone could be killed” unless a pedestrian crossing is installed on a busy road through a Sheffield suburb where a new school is to open.

Retired shopkeeper Lew Burgin, of Stanwood Avenue, Stannington, presented a petition signed by 831 people to yesterday’s full meeting of Sheffield Council, calling for the new addition to Stannington Road.

He said: “This crossing would be of great benefit to all persons, senior citizens, disabled or partially-sighted, those with special needs and the public in general.

“But with the merger of the two schools in the area onto the Myers Grove site, we are going to see a vast increase in children using the bus stop to access the new Forge Valley School and nearby shops.

“There have been some accidents at this spot attended by the ambulance service and police and, over 34 years having a shop in the area, I understand there are many incidents that have not been reported to the authorities.”

Mr Burgin, who has already discussed the problem with Stannington councillor and council deputy leader, Coun David Baker, said: “Please can councillors give your support to our request for a crossing before there is a fatal accident and someone is killed.”

Sheffield Council cabinet member for business, transport and skills, Coun Ian Auckland, said: “The petition will be referred to the cabinet highways committee, then could be referred to the Community Assembly to consider whether funding could be made available.”

He added plans for new walking routes to Forge Valley School, which is being built on the Myers Grove site in Stannington and is due to open in September, could make a difference to the number of youngsters using buses in the area.

Sheffield Council is already proposing a series of highways changes in the area for when the new school opens, including a new zebra crossing lower down Stannington Road outside The Anvil pub, and a new puffin crossing on the same road close to the Malin Bridge junction.

Other improvements include revised waiting restrictions on Wood Lane, Stannington, extra crossing points on Walkley Lane and a new zebra crossing on Rivelin Valley Road.