Fury after county drops road crossing scheme

Southend Standard: Fury after county drops road crossing scheme Fury after county drops road crossing scheme

PLANS for a pedestrian crossing to serve a nursery and businesses have been shelved, sparking fury among those living and working nearby.

The planned crossing, in Hullbridge Road, Rayleigh, next to Lubards Farm, was approved in July and money for the project was allocated.

However, the scheme has now been pulled by Essex County Council highways officers – because there are no pavements on either side of the road leading up to the proposed site.

The area is home to Happy Days Nursery, Swimming Tales swimming pool, the Clay Cottage and the Fungi Fitness gym, among others.

Chris Black, Lib Dem Rochford councillor for the area, said: “The people making the decision don’t seem to knowwhat’s there. I’m really annoyed and disappointed about it.

“A crossing would get used. Last time we had a petition there were 230 names, and people were taking them out of my hands.

“Locals really want this crossing. I had somebody crying about it the other day, they were so upset. This is wanted.”

The county council said a pedestrian and vehicle movements survey last year showed there was no need for a crossing.

Mr Black said the survey had been carried out in the winter months when it was icy and was not a true reflection of the number of people who used the site.

A petition is now being set up again to campaign for the crossing before a highways meeting next month.

A county council spokesman said: “Due to the demand from the local highways panel, the county council looked into the possibility of introducing a crossing, but it was deemed unsuitable and unsafe due to there being no existing footway on one side of the carriageway.

“The county council is investigating the possibility of introducing a footway, which would allow the proposal of a pedestrian crossing at this location to be revisited.”

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8:39am Mon 16 Dec 13

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

Why not offer those businesses the option, to pay for it, afterall without those premises, being there making profits, there wouldn't be any need for the crossing....
Why not offer those businesses the option, to pay for it, afterall without those premises, being there making profits, there wouldn't be any need for the crossing.... Nowthatsworthknowing

9:32am Mon 16 Dec 13

GeneralGrb says...

Nowthatsworthknowing wrote:
Why not offer those businesses the option, to pay for it, afterall without those premises, being there making profits, there wouldn't be any need for the crossing....
Business rates rising year on year suggests they probably have already paid for it many times over!!
[quote][p][bold]Nowthatsworthknowing[/bold] wrote: Why not offer those businesses the option, to pay for it, afterall without those premises, being there making profits, there wouldn't be any need for the crossing....[/p][/quote]Business rates rising year on year suggests they probably have already paid for it many times over!! GeneralGrb

11:22am Mon 16 Dec 13

a127scamera says...

"However, the scheme has now been pulled by Essex County Council highways officers – because there are no pavements on either side of the road leading up to the proposed site."

Just looked at Google Maps...pavement on opposite side of Hullbridge Road all the way from HambroHill/Rawreth Road mini roundabout, therefore crossing needed.
But will any traffic stop at said crossing? Traffic thunders past at that point of the road and will be an accident waiting to happen!
"However, the scheme has now been pulled by Essex County Council highways officers – because there are no pavements on either side of the road leading up to the proposed site." Just looked at Google Maps...pavement on opposite side of Hullbridge Road all the way from HambroHill/Rawreth Road mini roundabout, therefore crossing needed. But will any traffic stop at said crossing? Traffic thunders past at that point of the road and will be an accident waiting to happen! a127scamera

6:59pm Mon 16 Dec 13

Tich25 says...

Just shows how much planning went into the plans to approve it allocate moneys then when it comes to putting it in place to find a pavement on one side is missing. Somebodys not been doing there job
Just shows how much planning went into the plans to approve it allocate moneys then when it comes to putting it in place to find a pavement on one side is missing. Somebodys not been doing there job Tich25

10:03pm Mon 16 Dec 13

Kim Gandy says...

Try emailing Rodney Bass about it. He has got his email set to automatically screen out us proles.

Apparently he only responds to county councillors. Get him.

I think I upset him before with a few legitimate questions about traveller horses in the road and what was he going to do about it. He got himself in a bit of a huff and puff I'm afraid and now as a result, nobody outside his social and professional circle can email him.

Which is odd, as we are the ones paying his wages.
Try emailing Rodney Bass about it. He has got his email set to automatically screen out us proles. Apparently he only responds to county councillors. Get him. I think I upset him before with a few legitimate questions about traveller horses in the road and what was he going to do about it. He got himself in a bit of a huff and puff I'm afraid and now as a result, nobody outside his social and professional circle can email him. Which is odd, as we are the ones paying his wages. Kim Gandy

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