Crossing plea over busy road

Cllrs John Faulkner and Robin Baldry meet residents campaigning for a pedestrian crossing on St John's Road Buxton
Cllrs John Faulkner and Robin Baldry meet residents campaigning for a pedestrian crossing on St John's Road Buxton
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RESIDENTS on a Buxton housing development have launched a petition calling for a crossing to be installed on one of the town’s busiest roads.

People living on the Otterhole development are campaigning for a pedestrian crossing on St John’s Road after several near misses.

The campaign is backed by Derbyshire county councillor Robin Baldry, who represents the Buxton West Ward, and High Peak borough councillor John Faulkner, who represents the Burbage Ward.

Cllr Faulkner said: “In the original planning permission for the development is was envisaged that a crossing would be needed. With the houses nearly all occupied now, the need has become more urgent.”

And Kat Martin, who is one of the residents leading the campaign, added: “It is essential for the safety of the Otter Brook community and everyone on St John’s Road that we can get to school, to the park or to the shop at the top of the road safely.

“It is a very busy road and cars exceed the speed limit regularly.”

A spokeswoman for Derbyshire County Council, the highways authority, said: “Cabinet will consider which road safety schemes should go ahead in 2012/13 at a meeting in the next couple of months.

“We have to prioritise funding where the need is greatest and a crossing for this spot is on the list for consideration.”

The petition can be signed by visiting www.broomswaycrossing.co.uk.