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Deadlock in campaign for crossing

A COUNCIL officer has argued against installing a pedestrian crossing on a stretch of road where a pensioner was killed last year.

A COUNCIL officer has argued against installing a pedestrian crossing on a stretch of road where a pensioner was killed last year.

Over 400 residents had signed a petition, following the tragic death of Betty McCulloch who died while crossing Cranmore Boulevard, near Swallows Meadow, last June.

But a report by Solihull Council suggested that an extension of traffic calming measures would be the “most appropriate” solution.

Coun Ted Richards, cabinet member for transport and highways, decided to defer his decision to allow further investigations.

Coun Andy Hodgson (Lib Dem, Shirley South) said he was disappointed by the recommendation.

In response to residents’ concerns, Solihull Council had launched an investigation into traffic conditions.

They found that there had been no other collisions within 100 metres of the proposed crossing between September 2006-09.

Transport chiefs therefore recommended the extension of existing measures and the introduction of “elderly people” road signs.

The report will return to Coun Richards later this year.

n A petition has been raised in Pierce Avenue, Olton - where a teenage cyclist was killed last year.

Brendon Harrison, aged 13, was involved in a collision as he was coming home from school. His death, on June 10, came just two days before Betty’s.

At last week’s Full Council meeting, Coun Ken Rushen (Lib Dem, Lyndon) presented a petition - which makes a similar plea for the introduction of a pedestrian crossing.

 

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