Councillor is ‘staggered’ there is no plan for crossing

Charmaine Morgan has vowed to continue campaigning for a crossing. 343D
Charmaine Morgan has vowed to continue campaigning for a crossing. 343D
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A county councillor is furious that improvements to the junction in Bridge End Road will not include a pedestrian crossing.

Coun Charmaine Morgan believes now would be the ideal time to add the crossing on what is a dangerous place to cross the road.

She said: “Having raised concerns with Lincolnshire County Council Highways officers I find it staggering that money is being spent to upgrade this junction without regard for pedestrian access or safety.”

Coun Morgan disputes the explanation put forward by highways, that there are not enough pedestrians crossing to make it worthwhile.

She said: “Mark Heaton’s response was that there are insufficient pedestrians to warrant investment now.

“Surely though the number of pedestrians using the junction is lower than it should be because of the lack of safe crossing places.

“Through Springfield Road housing development and expansion of businesses on Spittlegate the need for safe pedestrian access is ever increasing.

“HGV use is likely to increase, making the junction less safe for pedestrians, as local recycling firms including Environcom expand.”

Despite the knock-back Coun Morgan says she will continue to push for a pedestrian crossing.

She said: “Those less mobile find this junction a barrier to accessing town, local schools and parks.

“This is not acceptable given the money being spent.

“I will continue pushing for improvements at this junction.”