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Plan for zebra crossing outside Grantham school is rejected

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A controversial plan for a zebra crossing outside St Anne’s Primary School in Harrowby Road, Grantham, has been rejected.

Members of the planning committee on Lincolnshire County Council accepted the officers’ recommendation to refuse the crossing proposal.

Highways Officer Brian Thompson confirmed there had been no support for the zebra crossing and there had been significant opposition to it locally.

Grantham representative Charmaine Morgan said: “I spoke against the proposal on the grounds that it would make the area less safe than it is now due to its location. There is also an issue regarding between 13 and 20 lost parking spaces and the impact this would have on the wider community, school and St Anne’s Church Hall users.

“I requested that the officers work with the local community and consider a list of measures which were agreed at a meeting of community representatives. We believe they would make the area safer, and if safer the Highways officer Brian Thompson confirmed it would then enable a lollipop person to be restored.”

These measures include reducing the speed limit to 20 mph, placing parking restrictions on the corners of Croft Drive, St Anne’s Road and Bridge Street to improve visibility and improving signage. There have also been calls

for a crossing at the junction of Bridge End Road and Harrowby Road.

It has also been suggested that restrictions throughout Croft Drive be implemented to significantly reduce traffic near the lollipop crossing point and weight restrictions on Harrowby Road have also been requested.

Coun Morgan said County Highways are considering rolling out a new policy of reducing speed limits outside schools to 20mph which would help improve safety on the roads. Anyone with other improvement suggestions can contact Coun Morgan via email on charmaine725@btinternet.com or call 01476 574748.

 

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