Work on a new crossing at the spot where Sheffield teen Jasmyn Chan was killed has been delayed by ‘legalities’.
It was expected that Sheffield Council would begin construction of the road safety scheme this summer after Jasmyn, 14, was killed in a hit and run on Normanton Hill, Intake, in May 2014.
A 12,571-strong petition from the community led to the council agreeing to create ‘Jazzy’s Crossing’, a new signal-controlled crossing and other safety works at the entrance to Richmond Park.
But now the council has had to put back the start of construction because land affected belongs to the JG Graves Charitable Trust.
The council has had to write to Charity Commission chiefs in London to ask for consent for the work.
It is unclear why the council was not aware of the issue previously or when work will now begin.
The delay was revealed at the council’s last cabinet meeting before the summer break.
Crossing campaigner Sandra Bradley told he meeting: “As you can imagine we are disappointed that there has been a delay on work starting on Jasmyn’s crossing.
“We’ve been informed that is being caused by paperwork issues.”
Sandra asked for reassurances that the council was treating it with ‘utmost priority’ and would keep campaigners updated at every stage.
The cabinet agreed a financial report which outlined money for the Normanton Hill scheme.
Coun Terry Fox, cabinet member for environment, said: “It’s unfortunate that we have now got frustratingly involved with the legalities of it but we are working as fast as we can to get over that.
“I can reassure you that we will get over it. The one thing I can’t tell you is when that will be.”
Campaigners were also praised for ‘keeping the pressure on’ the council.
Coun Leigh Bramall, deputy council leader, said: “We want to get this resolved as quickly as possible.”
Speaking after the meeting, Sandra said the delay was ‘frustrating’ but the ‘main thing is the crossing will happen’ and campaigners were ‘working together’ with the council.
Jasmyn was killed by speeding driver Naseeb Ellahi when he ploughed into her as she bravely pushed her friend Tia Tucker out of the way.
He was jailed for seven-and-a-half years in January after admitting a string of motoring offences.