May 18, 2009
group's anger as pedestrian crossing is axed
of a Highbridge campaign group have this week expressed their
disappointment after proposals to build a new pedestrian crossing
on Burnham Road were axed by the County Council.
recently-formed pressure group RAPYD (Residents Against Proposed
Yellow Disaster), which was
celebrating last month
when the County Council scaled back its plans for double yellow
lines along Burnham Road as part of a scheme to introduce a new
roundabout at the junction with Pepperall Road, is now unhappy.
group did not expect plans for a "much-needed" pedestrian
crossing near the entrance of Morland Road to be removed by the
says the pedestrian crossing - which was shown on the original
plans pictured at the bottom of this page - is badly needed for
group's chairperson, Fiona Cawley told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "We
are very unhappy that the crossing has been taken out of the scheme."
were desperate to see a crossing introduced here at the same time
as the roundabout. Safety
is so important - visibility is often poor and traffic moves very
quickly alomg Burnham Road. It's often difficult to cross without
a long wait."
last week, a boy was involved
in an accident further along Burnham Road, which shows how
important safety is."
to prepare the junction for the new mini-roundabout was completed
last week, as pictured above, when the road's surface got a new
coating of tarmac. The scheme is expected to be completed during
the next few days.
County Council says the scheme is needed because the soon-to-open
Frank Foley Parkway
will create an increase in traffic passing through the junction.
first highlighted safety at the junction last
year when local resident Terence William called for a pedestrian
crossing at the location.
above are RAPYD Chairperson Fiona Cawley and husband Colin Cawley
and (below) the proposals for the junction