ALMOST 200 people have signed a petition demanding a pedestrian crossing on a busy road in Uttoxeter. We reported in December that Chamberlain Close resident Jeff Bate had started a petition calling for a pedestrian crossing, and traffic calming measures, in Bridge Street because of his concerns about the safety of people crossing Bridge Street due to “the increased level of traffic and poor visibility along the road.” Mr Bate has now gained support from a further 179 residents in his bid to encourage Staffordshire County Council to listen to his concerns.
He met county councillor David Brookes on Friday, February 8, to discuss his concerns and also to hand over the petition.
Mr Bate said: “I hope that this petition will at least get the council to consider a crossing on Bridge Street.”
The petition stated that the signatories are “demanding a pedestrian crossing and/or appropriate traffic calming measures on Bridge Street, Uttoxeter, where it meets the path from Chamberlain Close.”
The petition further stated: “The path is a main pedestrian route between the Tesco retail park and the town centre, used by shoppers, residents of Chamberlain Close (including Mellor Lodge retirement apartments where a significant number of residents use mobility aids) and others.
“The Bridge Street crossing point has poor sight lines in both directions.
“Traffic approaching from the Waitrose end of the road has just left a 40mph zone.
“The view in the other direction past the churchyard is severely limited, even when there are no vehicles parked outside the pub.”
Cllr Brookes has confirmed that he will be handing Mr Bate’s petition in at the full council meeting in Stafford tomorrow – Thursday, February 14.
He told the Times & Echo: “I will be handing the petition to the chairman of the county council Michael Greatorex during the agenda item where local petitions can be handed in.
“I hope that the aspirations of the residents of Chamberlain Close do come to fruition, if funding is available for such a capital project.
“Maybe if adjacent land is developed, then this could provide funds for a crossing.
“It is quite a dangerous road where there is a remarkable amount of traffic that goes along there, and sometimes it is quite fast as it comes off the bypass.
“There is no need for traffic to be speeding along Bridge Street.
“There is a safety concern. Fortunately no one has been hurt, and god forbid we don’t want anyone being hurt.
“The option for a scheme will be looked at – the county council highways department will need to see if there is any feasibility and need for a crossing.”
Mr Brookes added: “I fully applaud Jeff for getting this petition together, and I thank him.
“I told Jeff from the start that I would hand it in to the council once he had completed it.”
Helen Fisher, Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport at Staffordshire County Council said: “Keeping our roads and pedestrians safe remains our top priority and our roads continue to be amongst the safest in the country.
“We do listen to residents and work with local communities if they have concerns about road safety in their area.
“We are currently carrying out a review of parking in the town centre and will look at the feasibility of introducing traffic calming measures or a crossing.
“We will of course have a look at the petition when it is handed in.”
Uttoxeter Town Council had perviously given their backing to Mr Bate’s campaign for a crossing in Bridge Street, and have, themselves, been communicating similar concerns to the county council.
The town council were set to discuss the matter further at their February Town Council meeting last night – Tuesday, February 12.
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