A LONG-running battle to get a pedestrian crossing installed on a ‘dangerous’ road has finally ended after it was unveiled by the area’s councillor.
Coun Alan Amos, county councillor for Gorse Hill and Warndon, had been battling for a decade to get the zebra crossing installed on Windermere Drive, next to Sainsbury’s supermarket.
And last Monday (February 10) the crossing was finally open for use with dozens of people already safely crossing the road.
Coun Amos decided to put forward his county councillor allowance of about £10,000 for the next two years to help pay for the bulk of the project, with Blackpole and Fairmount Community and Regency High School – whose students use the road regularly – both donating £1,000 each.
“It was clearly a top priority for local residents,” he said. “The usage we have had so far, even during the opening people were pushing prams across, has been brilliant.
“It was absolutely essential as it is the only crossing between two busy roundabouts, and with nothing else for people to cross on the general public are delighted with it.
“It got to a point where I felt we couldn’t wait any longer for it to be built, so I made it a priority and undertook the campaign to get it sorted.
“I am delighted that we have now got it.”