Calls for new crossing on dangerous junction after numerous 'near misses'
Nearly 50 residents are calling for a new crossing on a dangerous Sheffield road after a number of 'near misses'.
The junction on Stannington Road is met by three-way traffic and is regularly used by pupils crossing to and from Stannington Infant School and Nook Lane Junior School.
Recently residents have become increasingly worried for the safety of their children and other pedestrians after several people experienced near hits with cars.
Now Danielle Brearley has launched a petition with the support of local councillors calling for Sheffield City Council to make the junction safer with a pedestrian crossing, which has already reached 47 signatures in less than a week.
Ms Brearley said: “There was an incident lately with a small child crossing and a car and I don’t believe it’s the first incident at this junction. My child personally has had a near miss.
“A junction would let drivers know they should stop both ways to allow safe crossing. At present, stopping isn’t always the better option as you can’t be sure drivers from other directions will also slow or stop and it causes confusion.”
Ms Brearley added that she had also recently had an incident at the crossing while driving.
Councillor Penny Baker, Stannington ward, said: "We definitely support this, it has been a concern for years and with the new development at the old Dysons site more so. I have already spoken to the police re local people's reports of speeding traffic at that point, and confidently expect them to do a speed check there shortly.
"In the old community assembly days local councillors could have prioritised this particularly when there is such an obvious need. This petition has our full support."
Stannington Road was recently the subject of other controversy when plans were announced for a new Lidl store on the Rivelin Motor Company site at the bottom of the road.
Residents worried that due to the new store and more houses being built in the area that traffic would come to a complete standstill.
Ms Brearley’s petition will run until October, 28 and if it reaches 5,000 signatures or more it will trigger a debate at full council.