The existing crossing point is to be improved by widening and extending the central pedestrian refuge island and installing a 75mm high, 6m long, raised table.
A pair of ‘Children going to school’ warning signs will also be installed on Brook Way as part of the plan.
The £20,000 funding for the proposed crossing was allocated by the Southern Brooks Area Forum in December 2009 following a a campaign by parents of children at Wheatfield Primary School, who had complained of the difficulty of crossing Brook Way at peak hours.
Earlier in 2009, parent campaigners had collected 93 signatures in an online petition calling for the creation of a “safer crossing point across Brook Way Road in Bradley Stoke, Bristol … [to] enable pedestrians, primarily school children to cross this busy main road safely.”
Following the award of funding for an improved crossing, local politicians engaged in an unseemly squabble over which party could claim credit for the campaign’s successful outcome.
The incorporation of a raised table in the proposed scheme may prove troublesome for Bradley Stoke Town Councillors, who recently insisted that a similar scheme for a cyclist/pedestrian crossing on Baileys Court Road be flattened.
One Councillor described the Baileys Court Road proposals “an obstruction of the highway”, adding that he would object to “anything that slows the traffic below the legal speed limit”, while another said installing a raised crossing would amount to “introducing a [lower] speed limit by the back door”.
The consultation on the Brook Way proposals runs until Monday 25th October.
The Town Council’s Planning Committee failed to discuss the proposals at its September meeting and the consultation will have ended by the time it meets again on Wednesday 27th October.
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