Stowmarket: Suffolk County Council confirm pedestrian crossing will be built for school children after petition

Vicki Browne started a petition to get a road crossing in Needham Road for students travelling to school. Vicki Browne started a petition to get a road crossing in Needham Road for students travelling to school.

Matt Hunter
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
6:14 PM

A crossing will be built on a busy road used by children to get to school after a petition called for action to be taken.

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Concerned parent Vicki Browne submitted the petition, signed by about 150 people, calling for the crossing in Needham Road, Stowmarket, last month.

In October Suffolk County Council said the crossing was not part of its current plans for the road.

But now the authority has sent a letter to the town council, seen by the EADT and its sister title the Ipswich Star, confirming work to construct the crossing will start next April.

Miss Browne said: “It’s absolutely fantastic news, I am very pleased to be honest. I am very happy that the campaign has worked as it is so important.

“When I did a radio interview by the side of the road there were so many cars and it took so long for the children to cross. It’s not a safe place for anybody to cross, you have to wait a long time and it’s so dangerous. This crossing will make it safer.”

Her eight-year-old daughter goes to Combs Ford Primary School which is close to the road and is also used by children going to a play area on the adjacent Pike’s Meadow.

The letter by Graham Newman, cabinet member for roads and transport at the county council, said: “I understand that there has been a long held desire for a crossing in Needham Road and I can confirm that there is a scheme in the local transport plan programme to deliver a crossing at this location.

“The preliminary design for the crossing is almost complete, following which the detailed design will be undertaken, costed and consulted upon. The design process is due to be completed by early February 2014 with construction currently programmed for April.

“I have been assured that if at all possible, the construction of the scheme will be brought forward.”

More children are set to use the school in years to come as the middle schools are due to close as part of the county council’s education policy.

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  • Fantastic news. Its about time something in stowmarket was done with Logic and safety in mind. It makes me sick hearing about all the proposed developments in the town yet the safety of a large amount of people seemed to go neglected. A massive well done to those that fought to get the crossing.

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