Saturday, 21 October 2017

Crossing campaign fails

CAMPAIGNERS who have spent years asking for a crossing on a busy road in Henley have been told there is no need for one

CAMPAIGNERS who have spent years asking for a crossing on a busy road in Henley have been told there is no need for one.

Parents of children at Sacred Heart Primary School say a crossing in Greys Road would make pupils’ walks to and from the school in Greys Hill safer.

But Councillor David Nimmo Smith, the town’s representative on Oxfordshire County Council, says there is no problem at the point where the campaigners want the crossing — outside the Takhar wine mart and shop.

Speaking at a meeting of Henley Town Council’s traffic advisory committee, he said: “The county view is there is not a problem crossing Greys Road at that point... that it does not warrant a pedestrian crossing. If Henley Town Council wants a crossing it will have to pay for it. The county council can’t justify it.”

A crossing would cost about £37,000.

Keith Stenning, the county council’s area steward, said the road’s accident record did not justify a crossing.

Louise Dodd, a travel representative for the school, said the town council had agreed the best location for a crossing was outside the shop and that funding had been agreed.

Speaking after the meeting, she said: “There is a long history to this. The town council agreed to the location. It’s between The Close and Greys Hill. That’s what the agreement is for and that’s what we’re pushing for. There is no crossing on the whole of Greys Road from Gillotts School to the town centre.

“The county council is of the view that there won’t be a crossing until there is a fatal accident but we say that is too late.”

Amardeep Takhar, who owns the shop, had objected to the crossing saying it would be bad for his business as it would remove parking spaces for his customers.



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