Four-year campaign for road crossing ends in victory

Presenting the petition last June, ''(left to right) Francesca Thornton, Jonathan Thornton, Simon Thornton, Madeleine Cryer and Isabelle Cryer''''Picture: Malcolm Wells (141694-4771)
Presenting the petition last June, ''(left to right) Francesca Thornton, Jonathan Thornton, Simon Thornton, Madeleine Cryer and Isabelle Cryer''''Picture: Malcolm Wells (141694-4771)
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A FOUR-YEAR campaign for a crossing at an accident blackspot has ended in success.

Portsmouth City Council has agreed to put in the crossing at the junction of Havant Road and Farlington Avenue in Farlington.

As reported, nearly 600 people signed a petition in support, which was handed into the council in June.

Simon Thornton, who led the fight, said the main concern was the safety of children as two schools are near the busy junction.

At the city council’s traffic and transportation meeting it was decided that the crossing will go ahead.

Mr Thornton, who has been campaigning for the crossing for four and a half years, said: ‘I’m very pleased and very relieved.

‘This means children won’t be put at risk. It will be good for the new parents using the schools.

‘I cannot thank all the people who signed the petition and everyone else who supported this enough.’

The council will spend £60,000 on the crossing which has also been welcomed by Andrew Devlin, who raised concerns of the road after his 11-year-old daughter Abi was hit by a car at the junction in June. The incident left Abi shaken but unhurt.

Mr Devlin, from Copsey Drive, in Drayton, said: ‘If the crossing stops people having accidents, then it’s a good thing. No-one wants to see any accidents around there, especially with it being so close to schools.

‘I wasn’t aware of the problem until Abi was hit by the car but it does need to be sorted. It’s good that the council has agreed to install the crossing because I know they have been petitioning hard for it.’

Councillor Ken Ellcome, cabinet member for traffic and transport, added: ‘It’s an adverse junction in that when you go down Farlington Avenue, you can’t go right.

‘It’s dangerous and I’m sorry it has taken nearly five years to get to this point and I’m pleased that within a short period of time of taking on this role, I’m able to take it forward.’