South Gloucestershire Council has unveiled plans for a new pedestrian crossing in Kingswood which should help residents of a sheltered housing scheme to cross a busy road.
The plans for a zebra crossing on Blackhorse Road are in response to a long-running campaign by residents of Blackhorse Court, a scheme providing supported living for around 19 people with disabilities or learning difficulties. Residents had approached their local councillors about 3 years ago to see if South Gloucestershire Council would build crossing as they had found it increasingly difficult to cross Blackhorse Road.
Their local councillors managed to persuade members of a local area committee to commit funding for a new crossing and the council is now consulting on its plans.
Local councillor Andy Perkins (Labour, Woodstock) explained;
“It has been a long struggle to find some money for this crossing as there was no obvious source through the normal Council routes. Eventually we succeeded in persuading the local Chase Area Forum to use some of their annual budget of £50,000.”
Fellow ward councillor Pat Rooney added;
“This crossing will also be of benefit to local residents and students on their way to John Cabot Academy who have to cross this busy one-way road.”
The council is now consulting on its plans which are available on its website until 3rd April.
New local councillor for the area Gareth Manson added that he hoped the plans would now get the backing of local residents;
“The money for this crossing was agreed in spring last year, so I hope that these plans will receive support and the work can begin as soon as possible.”
Local residents can send their comments on the proposals to Craig Llewellyn, Transportation Services, South Gloucestershire Council, PO Box 2081, Thornbury, BS35 9BP or email them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
8th March 2012