04:00PM, Friday 18 October 2019
A mother-of-four has launched a petition calling on the council to create a crossing on the A308 so she can navigate the ‘busy and dangerous’ road safely.
From November, when Braywick Court School re-opens at its Hibbert Road site, Kim Szymanski will need to cross the 40mph Windsor Road.
She lives in Priors Way and would like to see a crossing positioned next to an alleyway leading from Priors Way, which comes out on the A308.
Kim said: “How can the council say that it wants to go green when it won’t allow its residents to walk safely to school or to the new leisure centre?
“Having a signalled pedestrian crossing means that school children can safely cross that busy and dangerous road.
“Reducing the number of cars on the road will lower emissions and provide a healthier lifestyle for all. How can the council put a cost on that?”
Kim had a meeting with Cllr David Coppinger (Con, Bray) and Braywick Court School headteacher Gemma Donnelly about the crossing in the spring.
She said: “I came out thinking ‘that went so well this is going to happen’. He then emailed me a bit later and said it had been commissioned.”
However Kim has been left disappointed that progress has halted.
Cllr Coppinger said: “The schedule that was originally discussed was a simple crossing with just a central reservation. This could have been funded from current resources.
“Following a meeting of residents with an officer this has become a lights controlled crossing with the need to widen pavements and purchase land.
“This is a very expensive scheme and will take time. There is a need for a crossing and we will implement it as soon as possible.”
A spokeswoman from the Royal Borough said: “If we are able to find a feasible, affordable solution we will make a bid for funding so that the scheme could be considered as part of a future capital programme.”
To view Kim’s petition on the matter go to petitions.rbwm.gov.uk/Crossing
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