23rd Mar, 2019

Hundreds call for crossing to be installed on a Smith's Wood road

Sarah Mason 11th Jun, 2018

MORE than 200 residents are calling for a crossing to be installed on a Smith’s Wood road, following concerns about the risk to children.

Residents are worried about the traffic on Burtons Way during the school run, with fears that cars queueing and vehicles parked on blind corners could lead to an accident.

The petition, which has been uploaded to the Change.org website, has urged Solihull Council’s highways department to introduce traffic lights or a zebra crossing on the road, to prevent an accident waiting to happen.

Aaron Clarke, who set up the online campaign, said on his petition: “As a community, we need to enforce to the council that these sort of things cause problems and in a heads up, it’s best we create this solution before any problems do happen.”

Matthew Redfern, is one of those who signed the petition.

He said: “Burton’s way is in need of a crossing, it gets so busy with people waiting to cross but cars just keep coming and you see children chancing it to try and cross which could have serious consequences.”

A Solihull Council spokesperson said: “We are aware of the online petition in relation to Burtons Way, however it has not yet been submitted therefore the matter has not been formally considered.

“We have been in contact with the lead petitioner and provided him with advice on how to submit the petition.

“Once this is received it will be considered through the petition reporting process, whereby it will be taken to the transport and highways cabinet member decision session for consideration.

“Officers are aware of this location and have worked with the school and local ward councillors within the last 12 months to address concerns associated with parking at this location.”

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