Councillor claims victory as officials are told to find cash for West Lynn crossing

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Money should be found to build a new pedestrian crossing close to a West Lynn housing estate, a county council committee has said.

A motion calling on officials to seek external funding sources for the safety measure on Clenchwarton Road, near the Poppyfields estate, was passed at a meeting in Norwich on Tuesday.

The vote by the Norfolk County Council environment, development and transport committee came a month after a girl was injured in a collision with a car there.

Almost 250 people have signed a petition calling for a crossing to be installed, while a traffic survey is now being carried out there.

And divisional councillor Alexandra Kemp, who has led the campaign, said the vote was a “victory” both for residents in West Lynn and communities across the county.

She said: “There’s European funds for green travel and Norfolk doesn’t always apply for these things.

“This is a problem not just in West Lynn but across Norfolk. There are crossings that need to be built and they’re not. People see a lot of near misses there on a weekly basis.”

She claimed money was being “wasted on vanity projects”, such as the council’s plan to buy the old RAF Coltishall site, rather than investing in smaller schemes that she believes would have a much bigger impact on people’s lives.

Miss Kemp said she was also seeking a meeting with West Norfolk Council leader Nick Daubney to discuss the issue.