Council reluctant to move Havant crossing criticised as dangerous despite support for mum’s campaign

CAMPAIGN Pete Walden and Emma Ross on the crossing in East Street, Havant,
CAMPAIGN Pete Walden and Emma Ross on the crossing in East Street, Havant,
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EFFORTS are being made to support a mum’s call for a crossing to be moved to a new position.

Emma Ross says she feels the zebra crossing in East Street, Havant, should be moved further away from the junction with North, South and West Streets because cars emerge from a blind bend to reach it.

Hampshire County Council says there is no danger and no one has been injured at the crossing.

But Mrs Ross, 37, says she has had several near misses while pushing her daughter’s pram. She has now started a petition requesting action.

Colin Brown, 60, a retired community nurse, from Warren Park, sits as a volunteer on the road safety panel for the council.

He says he will make a request at the next panel meeting for it to be removed.

‘Because it’s a blind spot, even if you move it round the corner you will still have a blind spot coming down East Street,’ said Mr Brown.

‘It doesn’t matter where you move that crossing on that junction.

‘It would be better to take it away altogether and have signs outside Lloyds TSB saying it is a safe place to cross because it’s a pedestrian area.’

He says people should walk a dozen or so yards further by crossing South Street and then West Street in the semi-pedestrianised area outside St Faith’s Church.

Then people should walk to the pelican crossing between Wilkinson’s and Waitrose, he said.

He also said he had seen several near misses in North Street because of the buses.

‘It’s very narrow,’ he said. ‘I personally think the buses should not even go down that way. They should go over the A27 bypass.’

He plans to make his case for the crossing to be removed at the next panel meeting.

Havant MP David Willetts wrote to the council on Mrs Ross’s behalf, asking if it was possible to have a system which gives motorists coming from North Street more warning of what is after the bend.

In a reply seen by The News, Colin Taylor, assistant director of highway, traffic and transport, said if it were moved pedestrians are still likely to cross there.

He added: ‘You may be interested to know that the safety record for the last three years indicates that there have been no personal injury accidents at this crossing.’