A community leader is stumping up his share of a council community fund to pay for a feasibility study for a potential pedestrian bridge along a busy road. Cheadle councillor Gary Bentley has told the Times & Echo that he is putting forward a total of £620 in funding to help pay for a feasibility study to look into the possibility of having a pedestrian bridge to help people to safely walk along the A521 in The Green area of Cheadle.
A community leader is stumping up his share of a council community fund to pay for a feasibility study for a potential pedestrian bridge along a busy road.
Cheadle councillor Gary Bentley has told the Times & Echo that he is putting forward a total of £620 in funding to help pay for a feasibility study to look into the possibility of having a pedestrian bridge to help people to safely walk along the A521 in The Green area of Cheadle.
Cllr Bentley said: “I often see people queuing at the bridge by the Huntsman, waiting for traffic to pass before they can go into the road and then onto the pavement on the other side of the bridge.
“We need to make the west ward of Cheadle safe.
“I would like a feasibility study to take place to look into a pedestrian bridge that goes from the Huntsman car park, over the river and onto the pavement on the other side.
“This is to make it a safe route for those walking and cycling from the industrial estate, which includes the Hillside Community Gym, and those customers coming from the Huntsman, so that they are able to walk safely to and from town.
“I would also like this project to include a pelican crossing opposite the petrol station so that people can safely cross over the Green. This would also automatically make the area into a 30 mph slow down spot.”
The funds towards the feasibility study are coming from cllr Bentley’s £500 share of the Staffordshire Moorlands District Council (SMDC) Community Fund, along with an extra £120 which each SMDC councillor is getting to add to their SMDC Community Fund from the council’s chairman councillor Keith Flunder’s charity pot.
As for how he hopes to get the eventual bridge and crossing project paid for, Cllr Bentley said; “I think we should look into money which comes in from housing developers, the Section 106 money.”
Staffordshire County Council has the remit of any changes in the highways across the county. County councillor Mark Deaville said of Cllr Bentley’s proposals: “I am happy to discuss proposals for a footbridge and look forward to seeing and appraising the various options for this.
“Staffordshire County Council officers are considering the issue now and we will liaise with local councillors, businesses and residents accordingly.”
Cllr Bentley is on the look out for any local firms which can carry out the feasibility study, and also any local businesses who may be able to help carry out the eventual bridge and crossing project.
He can be contacted on 078121 11474.
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