Labour councillors in Kingswood have welcomed the approval of funding for a zebra crossing outside an extra-care housing scheme that they have been campaigning for ever since residents moved in 16 months ago. At last night’s meeting of the Chase Area Forum, councillors voted additional funds of £30,000 to upgrade an uncontrolled crossing on the busy New Cheltenham Road which should now see the scheme fully funded. The money will come out of the district’s allocation of New Homes Bonus funds.
Falcon Court, built on the site of a former council social services building on New Cheltenham Road in Kingswood, contains 40 self-contained units of housing available to older people with care needs, whose residents are encouraged to live as independently as possible both at home and as part of the wider community. However, the facility, which saw its first residents arrive in January 2012, has lacked a proper pedestrian crossing across busy New Cheltenham Road.
Local councillor Pat Apps (Labour, Kings Chase) said:
“Falcon Court is a significant and important development in the provision of older people’s accommodation in Kingswood. Local councillors are very supportive of it, but we are disappointed that the building has been open for so long without a suitable new pedestrian crossing outside. Such a crossing was considered necessary by the Council’s highway engineers but when planning permission was granted insufficient money was set aside by the developers and we have had to fight for the rest of the funds needed to pay for it.”
Her colleague Councillor Bill Bowrey (Labour, Kings Chase) added:
“We have campaigned vigorously for this crossing, which will give Falcon Court residents safer access to bus stops and local shops. Back in March we secured almost £14,000 from the council’s Local Transport budget. Now we have this additional allocation the crossing should be secured. Whilst we local councillors warmly welcome this outcome, we do feel we have had to cobble together the funding necessary for a scheme that is blatantly needed.”
8th May 2013