Fundraising campaign set to be launched for new school crossing in Terrington St Clement

M.P. Henry Bellingham attends site meeting on traffic and Parking concerns at Marshland Street  Terrington St Clement. ANL-150918-192502009
M.P. Henry Bellingham attends site meeting on traffic and Parking concerns at Marshland Street Terrington St Clement. ANL-150918-192502009
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Education and community leaders are to spearhead a fundraising campaign to raise the cash needed for a new pedestrian crossing close to a village’s schools.

Officials have estimated that around £40,000 will be needed to finance the safety measure on Churchgate Way, Terrington St Clement.

But there are hopes that county roads chiefs may also contribute towards the cost.

The appeal will be launched following talks between representatives of the community and high schools and parish, borough and county council officials last week.

Parents and teachers began the latest campaign for action in May, in the same week that a bus carrying children to the high school was involved in a collision with a parked car on Churchgate Way.

Community school head Liz Hackett said: “It could take two years (to raise the money), but even if it does, we have committed to the idea. We are going to raise the money needed to get this off the ground.”

The money raised will be used to fund a zebra crossing on Churchgate Way, close to the two schools.

And North West Norfolk MP Henry Bellingham, who was also at the meeting, said a preferred site for the crossing had already been identified.

Norfolk County Council highways officials have repeatedly insisted they cannot fund the entire project, because of the area’s low collision record.

But Mr Bellingham suggested the authority could match-fund the amount raised locally.

He added: “What the county council said was they can’t fund it all but they would look sympathetically at a community funding solution.”

He also praised the groups involved in the talks for the willingness they had shown to work together on the issue.

Immediate safety concerns have also been eased after a new lollipop patrol worker was recruited to work on the road during the peak morning period.

But there is still no afternoon cover and Miss Hackett is aware that, even if there was, it would not solve the wider community problem.

She said: “It’s good news for the parents, but it doesn’t help the older people trying to get to the doctor’s surgery.”

Elsewhere, discussions have also been held in a bid to solve traffic and parking problems in nearby Marshland Street.

The talks were held in a bid to ease growing concerns about additional parking around businesses on the road and the difficulties faced by buses which use the road as part of the 505 route between Lynn and Spalding.

Mr Bellingham said workers at one of the firms in the area who have parked on the street until now would be asked to use the spaces near the village playing field in Churchgate Way in the future.

Meanwhile, a suggestion that an alternative route should be found for buses, in order to avoid delays when they cross each other’s path in Marshland Street, is also set to be examined.

Mr Bellingham added: “It’s a successful village centre with a number of successful shops, but what residents are saying is there’s a lot of pressure on the road. It was a very productive meeting.”