School crossing plea is ruled out

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A PEDESTRIAN crossing requested by parents and children at a Sheffield primary school is set to be ruled out during the current financial year.

Highways officers have recommended councillors keep the proposal ‘on file’ for consideration in future years but do not believe the benefits of the £100,000 scheme on Hatfield House Lane, Shiregreen, outside Hatfield School, justify the cost at the present time.

Some 161 signatures were on a petition to Sheffield Council calling for the crossing.

But, in a report to today’s meeting of the North East Community Assembly, Andrew Kay, of Sheffield Council’s Highways Department, said: “This crossing would be used substantially at school times but, apart from that, its use would be minimal.

“The vast majority of children are accompanied by adults and the provision of a crossing outside the school will mean that there are three light-controlled crossings within the space of 350 metres on Hatfield House Lane.”

Mr Kay said that a school crossing patrol warden works before and after school to help youngsters across the road and that over the last five years there has only been one pedestrian injured on the stretch of road - an adult.

He added there was good visibility on the stretch of road for motorists and pedestrians.

Mr Kay concluded: “The North East Community Assembly has recorded a number of requests for road safety improvements and some of these are for facilities outside schools. Bearing in mind the other locations, the assembly may judge that other requests are a more pressing priority.

“The request for provision of a pedestrian crossing on Hatfield House Lane will remain on file in order that the location can be part of considerations when deciding on priorities for future years.”

The assembly, which meets at Shirecliffe Community Centre, Shirecliffe Road, from 6pm, has a total budget of £725,000 for highways schemes for the 2011/12 financial year.

Other items on the agenda include the council’s strategy for improving local shopping centres, and members of the public also have the chance to ask questions or present petitions.