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.

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'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.

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