West Norfolk Council reluctant to fund poppyfields survey at West Lynn

Good responce to a petititon for a road crossing on Clenchwarton Road, West Lynn
LtoR, holding signed petition sheets, Clare Watkins, Michelle Adams, Councilor Alex Kemp
Also in pic Gemma Simper *(far left) and other residents from  Poppyfields ANL-140111-193020009

Good responce to a petititon for a road crossing on Clenchwarton Road, West Lynn LtoR, holding signed petition sheets, Clare Watkins, Michelle Adams, Councilor Alex Kemp Also in pic Gemma Simper *(far left) and other residents from Poppyfields ANL-140111-193020009

Local representatives in West Lynn have urged West Norfolk Council to provide the cash needed to make up the shortfall from residents’ own fundraising.

But the authority says county roads chiefs should be approached to provide the cash instead.

Residents of the Poppyfields estate have been campaigning for a new crossing near its junction with Clenchwarton Road since a girl was injured in a collision with a car almost there two years ago.

And hopes were raised by Norfolk County Council’s decision to extend its parish partnership funding scheme for local transport projects to unparished areas like West Lynn last month.

But, in order to submit a bid for funding, a feasibility study, costing £2,000, will need to be completed first.

Around £1,150 has already been raised and is currently being held in an account set up by West Norfolk Council officials.

And the area’s county councillor, Alexandra Kemp, has called for the borough council to provide the rest of the money.

She claims that the authority should not have given planning permission for the estate without proper safety measures being put in place for residents to cross the road and access village services.

She said: “Highways tell me there are a number of options to secure a crossing point across the Clenchwarton Road but options and costings to complete the application are impossible without the feasibility study.

“We are in catch 22. No study, no application. Time is against us.”

But a borough council spokesman said: “Whilst we are sympathetic to residents aspirations, this is really a county council function.

“As a county councillor, Alexandra Kemp should take the matter up with them.”

Bids to the parish partnership, in which the county council provides up to half of the funding needed for safety schemes, must be submitted by December 16 for possible inclusion in next year’s programme.

The scheme was extended in July to enable areas like West Lynn to bid for up to £25,000 of funding towards projects in their communities.

Bids have to be submitted through divisional representatives and county officials are also being encouraged to work with district authorities in order to secure additional funding.