Puffin Crossing To Be Installed On Pasture Road.
Another great success, remember back in June Stapleford Community Group started a petition to install a Puffin Crossing on Pasture Road.
MILLIONS of pounds will be spent repairing and making the county’s roads safer.
Nottinghamshire County Council has put aside nearly £20 million from next year’s budget for road resurfacing, new crossings and cycle routes, amongst other things.
Ninety six projects throughout Broxtowe, Gedling and Rushcliffe boroughs have been earmarked for improvement works.
And residents who have been campaigning for their roads to be made better have welcomed the news.
Kerri Blakemore has given up her weekends and evenings for the last four months to petition for a new pedestrian crossing outside the Albany Junior School in Pasture Road, Stapleford, which will now receive between £50,000 and £100,000.
The 35-year-old mother-of -two of Kennedy Drive, Stapleford, said: “The school does have a crossing patrol in place but the person is not there for after school clubs and during the holidays.
“The road is now busier than when I moved to the area three and a half years ago.
“It is not just children that struggle to cross the road; older people do too.
“I went door-to-door to collect the signatures and there are a lot of people wanting this. I am really happy that it is going to go-ahead.”
In July lollipop lady Jean Dawson celebrated 40 years of helping children cross Pasture Road and it has not been decided whether or not she or others will still be needed if the new crossing is installed.
Stapleford Community Group started the petition in June and with the help of Kerri Blakemore have gathered more than 300 names.
Group chairman Richard MacRae said:“It is really great news that they have allocated the money.
“If it helps one person get across the road safer than before then it will be well worth it.”
There are 28 roads which have been earmarked for resurfacing throughout the boroughs.
Andy Warrington, the county council’s service director for highways, said the scheme would be “focusing especially on improvements to help people access work and leisure destinations more easily”.
He said: “The schemes have been developed to reflect a balance of local community requests and priorities, as well as corporate commitments, evidence of actual need and value for money.”
Although the budget for the works has now been agreed some of the projects may not happen if problems are found during the planning stages.
Those that do go ahead will start after April next year.
PLANS for a new cycle route have been welcomed by a road safety campaign group.
Up to £100,000 has been allocated by Nottinghamshire County Council for the route between Stapleford and the new Ilkeston train station.
The scheme is still subject to a feasibility study which will investigate if there is a suitable route which may include both on-road and off-road routes. The study should be completed by March 2015.
Nottinghamshire cycling provision and safety campaign group Pedals has backed the scheme.
Committee member Hugh McClintock said: “Having the funding allocated is definitely a step in the right direction for cycle safety.
“There were some improvements made in the Erewash Valley a few years ago which sounds similar.
“For the new cycle route to be successful it will have to be wide and have good visibility.
“It is not just the matter of making a new route, it has to be well maintained or it can become a hazard.”
A second cycle route in Clifton Road, Ruddington has been allocated up to £150,000 and a further £25,000 has been put aside for a route upgrade in Northwold Avenue and Collingham Way, West Bridgford.
Up to £25,000 will also be spent across the whole county on new signs and provisions for parking.