Need for pedestrian crossings is pressing

Pedestrian Crossing
Pedestrian Crossing

I write following your article about Mrs Nicola Birtwell’s campaign for a safe route to school for pupils walking to Christ Church Primary School and would like to add the support of the local Labour Party.

We have been assured for some years that a pedestrian crossing facility will be provided at the junction of Keighley Road and Byron Road.

This was announced ages ago as part of a safe route to school for Park High pupils.

The assurances have come from our Pendle East Conservative County Councillors, firstly Mike Calvert and now Paul White.

My understanding is that Horsfield residents have been similarly promised a further pedestrian crossing in Byron Road, near the bus stops, will be installed for the elderly.

Also, following the 536-name petition gathered by Mrs Lesley Colbeck, a pedestrian crossing will be installed in Skipton Road near where a serious accident occurred as part of a safe route for pupils to both Park High and Park Primary Schools.

Then we have the question of the obvious need for a pedestrian crossing near the post office in Skipton Road where there used to be a school crossing patrol and I think the sign is still on the lamp post.

Thanks to our Lib Dem and Tory councillors, we do have a puffin crossing near Sainsbury’s in Windsor Street provided by Sainsbury’s S106 money.

While I have personally used this crossing it does not provide any faster route to Sainsbury’s than does the one at the Langroyd Road traffic lights and I would suggest it was installed in the wrong place, perhaps?

David Foat

Horsfield Labour Party Secretary