Council chief says he wants solution to West Lynn crossing problem

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A decision on whether a new crossing will be built near the entrance to the Poppyfields estate is likely to be made early in the new year, it has emerged.

Tom McCabe, Norfolk County Council’s director of environment, development and transport, made the announcement as he accepted residents’ petition demanding improved safety measures on Wednesday.

He said the issues faced by residents in West Lynn were similar to those experienced by dozens of other communities across the county.

But he insisted that if the latest traffic survey being done at the site, which will assess the number of vehicles and pedestrians using the road, showed it should be considered a higher priority, it would be done “in its own right”.

He added: “Certainly by early new year we’ll have done the count and we’ll see where it is in the pecking order.”

And, following an environment, development and transport committee vote backing the village’s campaign last month, Mr McCabe pledged that alternative sources of funding to the council’s own resources would also be examined.

He added: “It’s trying to find a solution rather than saying ‘computer says no’. The challenge for us is we have the issues here and the issues in 50 other places.”

Possible alternatives to council funding include European cash and the Travel to School initiative, which specifically supports plans to help children get to and from their schools safely.

And Mr McCabe said: “This would be a good Travel to School scheme.”