Pedestrian crossings approved in bid to make town more ‘family friendly’

PUBLISHED: 09:00 28 September 2017

Two crossings have been approved for Highbridge.

Two crossings have been approved for Highbridge.

FreeFoto.com

‘Long overdue’ plans to increase road safety in Highbridge will be introduced after plans for two new pedestrian crossings were approved.

Somerset County Council has revealed its plans for a new pedestrian crossing outside Churchfield School, in Burnham Road.

Burnham and Highbridge town councillors voted in favour of the proposal and John Parkes, who represents Highbridge ward, told the Mercury the plans are crucial if the town wants to become more ‘family friendly’.

He added: “I think this is long overdue and is to be applauded and welcomed if Highbridge is to become a more family friendly and safer town centre, particularly for the elderly and parents with young children in buggies who need to safely cross this busy stretch of road.

“The crossing is much better than them dodging speeding traffic along a narrow stretch of highway.

“This is not always helped by vehicles inappropriately parked on double yellow lines.

“Hopefully this will also support regeneration initiatives for Highbridge town centre.”

Back in February, Sedgemoor District Council’s local plan revealed 670 homes could be built in the Burnham and Highbridge area by 2032. While these plans have been criticised, Cllr Parkes has always campaigned for town regeneration alongside the building of new houses.

As well as the school crossing, plans are now afoot for a crossing in Market Street near the One Stop shop, which is also being supported by the county council.

County councillor John Woodman said a school crossing has been needed in the area for some time.

He said: “A safe crossing has been needed here for years – the lollipop man does a great job but a proper crossing would hugely help to increase safety.”

Deputy mayor Peter Burridge-Clayton also put forward a proposal to introduced flashing speed warning signs outside Highbridge’s secondary school.

King Alfred School is also in Burnham Road and Cllr Burridge-Clayton says the signs would make people more aware of the lower speed limit outside the two schools.

A proposal for the part-time illuminated signs top reinforce speed limits was also unanimously supported by the town council.

Other News Stories

Weston-super-Mare’s seafront was packed yesterday (Saturday) as locals and residents turned their eyes to the skies to admire pilots’ skills in aeroplanes and helicopters.

Read more
49 minutes ago

The bus service which connects Weston-super-Mare to Bristol Airport has celebrated its first year anniversary.

Read more
07:00

Weston Air show returns today (Sunday) with another spectacular display on the seafront scheduled, including the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight. The Royal Air Force (RAF) marked its 100th anniversary this year – and former serviceman Ken Delve has explored Weston-super-Mare’s links with the RAF.

Read more

Weston-super-Mare Pride has opened a shop and box office in preparation for the event next month.

Read more

A man was rescued from waist-deep water in the early hours of this morning (Sunday).

Read more
Yesterday, 16:00

A bridge, which was unusable for some people, was not likely to be finished for seven years, it was reported 50 years ago. Here is the news from the Weston Mercury and Somerset Herald in 1968.

Read more
Yesterday, 15:09

Aeroplanes of all shapes and sizes will soar over Weston-super-Mare this weekend for the return of the air festival, while you can also watch displays on the Beach Lawns for the Armed Forces Weekend. Here is the full schedule for everything you can enjoy and experience on Saturday and Sunday.

Read more
Yesterday, 15:00

Catch our weekly round-up of photos shared with the Mercury by our readers.

Read more
Yesterday, 15:00

Two students from the Kings Of Wessex Academy got up close and personal with some hedgehogs.

Read more
Yesterday, 13:00

Dozens of waste collections have been missed in Weston-super-Mare with bin men claiming their rounds are too big, to the frustration of homeowners who face growing piles of rubbish.

Read more

Most Read News

Read Online

Image
Read the Weston Worle and Somerset Mercury e-edition E-edition

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 22°C

min temp: 14°C

Useful Links

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
Competitions
Send Your Letters
Order Photos
Family notices
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Newsletter Sign Up

Weston Mercury twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Show Job Lists

Local business directory

Somerset's trusted business finder