The Local Highways Panel today allocated £150,000 today for a light-controlled crossing in Hullbridge Road, by Lubards Farm !
Only five councillors turned up today (there should have been nine) but all of those present supported this. So let’s give a thank-you to Councillors Gill Lucas-Gill, Keith Hudson, Mike Steptoe and Bonnie Hart. The petition certainly helped a bit.
On the positive side, visibility won’t be a problem – there will be enough of a sight splay.
But we are ONLY HALF-WAY there – this decision has to be signed off by the County Portfolio Holder, Cllr Derrick Louis. And this may not happen because the figures on the number of vehicles on the road, and especially the number of pedestrians crossing here, may not be high enough. This is where the evidence from the petition is going to be very useful – because people will avoid crossing the road until there is a crossing.
The other policy issue is that there is no footway yet on one side of the road. Anyway, we won’t be sitting back- we will do what we can to get the crossing…
We”ll write about the other highways discussions today in a separate post….