Pedestrian crossing for Nailsea road if housing site approved
PUBLISHED: 07:00 14 March 2019
A developer is proposing to install a long-awaited pedestrian crossing along a busy road in Nailsea if its scheme is approved.
Rollo Homes Ltd wants to knock down a bungalow in Station Road and build four houses on the site.
The proposal has sparked safety concerns due to a lack of visibility at the development’s entrance.
In a bid to address these concerns, Rollo Homes is proposing to pay for a pedestrian crossing to slow down traffic close to the site and St Francis Primary School.
Parents and staff from the school, in Station Road, have been campaigning for a pedestrian crossing on the busy road for a number of years.
A spokesman from Stokes Morgan, the developer’s planning consultants, said: “My clients are proposing to deliver a pedestrian crossing to address traffic speeds in the area which will also address St Francis School’s concerns because of a number of near misses on the highway by the primary school.
“This will deliver the scheme for North Somerset Council which does not have the funding or have not prioritised the issue.
“The developer would implement a scheme of works to slow traffic to improve visibility of oncoming traffic at the site entrance and also pay for the works to improve safety around the school.”
The school’s lollipop lady left in 2013 and was not replaced amid funding cuts.
Parents believe an accident on the road is imminent due to cars, vans and lorries regularly exceeding the 30mph speed limit.
The school launched a campaign to appeal for a crossing in November 2016, which was backed by Nailsea Town Council.
Council chairman David Packham said: “We support the installation of a crossing to enable children to get safely to school and we know St Francis Primary School has been pushing North Somerset Council to install one but it has not found a need for it.
“We’d also like to see a crossing on Clevedon Road, but again, North Somerset Council doesn’t believe there’s a need.
“With regards to the housing developer, its proposal to pay for a crossing is purely something between them and North Somerset Council.”
To comment on the application, visit North Somerset Council’s planning portal.