West Lynn demands action over crossing

Kieran Adams(6), Amie Adams(8) and Daniel Williams(7) present the petitions to NCC Director of Environment Development and Transport Tom McCabe ANL-140312-105826009
Kieran Adams(6), Amie Adams(8) and Daniel Williams(7) present the petitions to NCC Director of Environment Development and Transport Tom McCabe ANL-140312-105826009

Community leaders and residents have warned they “won’t take no for an answer” in their bid for a new pedestrian crossing opposite a West Lynn housing estate.

The warning was made as a senior transport official accepted a residents’ petition demanding improved safety measures on Clenchwarton Road, opposite the Poppyfields estate, on Wednesday morning.

A total of 316 people have supported the campaign, which was launched after a 17-year-old girl was injured in a collision with a car there in October.

Area county councillor Alexandra Kemp said she was delighted by the level of public support for provision which she maintains should have been put in place when the estate was first built more than 10 years ago.

She said: “The whole community has come together to show how important an issue a crossing for children’s safety and saving children’s lives really is.

“We’ve got to get this built and we’re going to get it built as soon as possible. We won’t take no for an answer, because we know this has to happen.”

A new traffic survey, examining the numbers of both vehicles and pedestrians using the road, is set to be completed before Christmas.

The site is one of 170 across Norfolk which is on a priority list, but is currently ranked around 70th in the queue.

And Miss Kemp maintains the authority must ensure all the communities that need crossings get them.

She said: “At that rate it won’t get built this century. We have got to change our priorities and make things safe for people.”