Pasture Road Puffin Crossing
Nottinghamshire County Council plans to install a Puffin Crossing on Pasture Road has upset local residents.
Whilst we all agree there is a need for a crossing on Pasture Road, we don’t agree on the location as suggested by the Council.
The Council want to move this Bus Stop further up the road which would mean it would be directly opposite the one outside The Midland Scooter Centre.
This location would be a huge mistake and create more traffic related issues than there are already. As seen in the picture the Bus can’t get into the Bus lane which means each time a Bus pulls up it already blocks the road.
This happened several times yesterday when we was talking about the proposals with local residents.
The Council’s chosen location of installing the Puffin Crossing between Northwood Avenue and Crawford Avenue would create more problems than solve as it’s to far away from the school for people walking down from the Peatfield estate side of the road.
The ideal location for a suitable crossing would be near to the Furlong Road part of Pasture Road, right near to the actual School.
It was only last year that a petition gained over 300 names that we then heard the Council had agreed to install a Puffin Crossing. But the idea behind the petition was to have a crossing installed near to the School. After all it would be mainly used by school children and there parents/carers. It would also be used by people using after School clubs too.
The paperwork which was delivered to residents on Pasture road yesterday didn’t go down well and many of them contacted Councillor Richard MacRae for help and advice.
An email has now been sent to the Highways Department at Nottinghamshire County Council and a request to come and talk with the residents was requested.
Councillor Richard MacRae went on to say that we do need some form of pedestrian crossing but we need it at the correct location, the one the Council have chosen is completely wrong.
We will update as we hear more.
Below is a copy of the email sent earlier today.
Residents along Pasture Road, Stapleford have received letters with regards plans to install a Puffin Crossing outside their houses and are all concerned it is not a suitable location and are all against the plans, I have to say I fully agree with them too.
Whilst everyone agrees there is a need for a crossing on Pasture Road it is agreed that it needs to be installed near the School so around near Furlong Close and not between Northwood and Crawford Avenues. This is simply the wrong location for lots of reasons.
Putting the crossing in the current proposed position, in between Northwood and Crawford, will mean the complete loss of parking for some residents and making access to driveways dangerous and near impossible. The residents who do not have drives to park on rely on the on street parking which they will lose completely. It will also mean severely restricted access to at least two driveways servicing 3 properties. One of the access’s currently requires the owner to pull up on the main road, to either side of the driveway, to reverse into the drive. The proposed location would mean that to access their own drive they would need to endanger and inconvenience the safety of anyone using the crossing whilst also possibly breaking the law to do so.
The proposals also show the bus stop on Pasture Road to be moved several houses down the road, this would also cause problems due to being located opposite a bus stop on the other side of the road. Because a local business uses the side of the road to park on as do others it means the bus when it stops already blocks the road as was witnessed yesterday each time a bus pulled up. Moving the stop to the new location would make the situation worse still.
Again there is a need some sort of crossing on Pasture Road but the location needs to be looked at.
Would someone be willing to come out on location and talk with the residents to listen to the valid concerns that they all have.
I have copied in one of the concerned residents too.
Councillor Richard MacRae
Stapleford North Ward
Stapleford Town Council’
The new plans also include putting permanent bollards installed on Pasture Road which would then stop the residents parking outside there own houses, they have no where else to park as they have no front drives. This application clearly needs to be looked at again.