Petition calls for pedestrian crossing

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A PETITION backed by 1,500 people was presented to the city council calling for a pedestrian crossing on a busy road through a Sheffield housing estate.

The signatures, requesting a crossing on Wordsworth Avenue, Parson Cross, near Monteney School were presented to a full meeting of Sheffield Council by Steve Wilson, husband of Penistone and Stocksbridge MP Angela Smith, who is Labour candidate for East Ecclesfield in the local elections.

Mr Wilson said: “Monteney is one of the largest primary schools in Sheffield and also has a children’s centre.

“Many of the children have to cross Wordsworth Avenue, which is very wide and busy. A few weeks ago, a young child was knocked down while trying to cross that road.”

Mr Wilson presented a second petition on behalf of Yew Lane residents, in Ecclesfield, requesting traffic calming measures.

He said: “There are temporary signs sometimes located there which flash if motorists are driving over the speed limit but it doesn’t stop motorists speeding.”

Coun Ian Auckland, the council’s cabinet member for transport, replied: “Both petitions will be looked at by the Northern Community Assembly.”

■ The council received a petition of 170 signatures from residents of Alexandra Road, Lowfield, asking for a dog waste bin and notice board at derelict land people have turned into a small park.

Sheffield Council’s cabinet member for communities, Coun Shaffaq Mohammed, said he would discuss the request with Sharrow Community Forum.