Pelican crossing victory on Canvey

Echo: cllr Steven Cole, MP Rebecca Harris, Ray Howard, Mairi Hallet ansd Jackie Young cllr Steven Cole, MP Rebecca Harris, Ray Howard, Mairi Hallet ansd Jackie Young

CAMPAIGNERS are rejoicing after a dangerous Canvey crossing is to be replaced with a pelican crossing after a two year campaign.

Hundreds of islanders signed a petition to get traffic lights installed at a zebra crossing near the Castle View estate, in Somnes Avenue, to help children walking to St Katherine’s Church of England School and Winter Gardens Primary School, safely cross the road.

Engineers started work on the £140,000 crossing after a campaign by councillors, parents and MP Rebecca Harris.

Residents claim the crossing, which is on one of Canvey’s main roads, is extremely dangerous as pedestrians come straight onto the crossing from two alleyways, making it hard for drivers to see them. In the most recent incident, a woman in her twenties was hit by a car last November, leaving her with minor injuries.

Mother-of-two Jackie Young, of Pattenburg Road, Canvey, started a petition with fellow Canvey parent Mairi Hallett – gathering 280 signatures.

She said: “It has been an extremely long and drawn out process, but I am so pleased it is all set to begin. We just want to see all the work we put in become a reality and to know it is only days away is brilliant. I can’t wait to see the children and residents benefit from the crossing.”

Ray Howard, chairman of Castle Point local highways panel has been campaigning for the pelican crossing since 2011.

He added: “I am delighted that this work is finally going to be undertaken. It has taken a lot longer than envisaged but all that matters is it will be functional very soon.

“It is one of the busiest roads in Canvey and the fact that so many children use the road make it even more significant that work will begin.

“This is a real danger and I cannot emphasise enough how important a development this is.”

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5:18pm Fri 7 Mar 14

John T Pharro says...

Amazing find money for a controlled crossing, but Essex Highways cannot repair a safety fence outside the Leigh Beck Schools after 9 months, a site visit including Councillors Howard and Blackwell. Explanation please?
Amazing find money for a controlled crossing, but Essex Highways cannot repair a safety fence outside the Leigh Beck Schools after 9 months, a site visit including Councillors Howard and Blackwell. Explanation please? John T Pharro
  • Score: 3

6:18pm Fri 7 Mar 14

carnmountyouknowitmakessense says...

John T Pharro wrote:
Amazing find money for a controlled crossing, but Essex Highways cannot repair a safety fence outside the Leigh Beck Schools after 9 months, a site visit including Councillors Howard and Blackwell. Explanation please?
A fence ? plenty of those on the crime rock
[quote][p][bold]John T Pharro[/bold] wrote: Amazing find money for a controlled crossing, but Essex Highways cannot repair a safety fence outside the Leigh Beck Schools after 9 months, a site visit including Councillors Howard and Blackwell. Explanation please?[/p][/quote]A fence ? plenty of those on the crime rock carnmountyouknowitmakessense
  • Score: -9

8:41pm Fri 7 Mar 14

joe2345 says...

"Residents claim the crossing, which is on one of Canvey’s main roads, is extremely dangerous as pedestrians come straight onto the crossing from two alleyways, making it hard for drivers to see them"

If pedestrains won't wait for the cars to come to a stop when waiting to cross, what makes the council think a pelican crossing will suddenly stop them stepping out when it's not safe?

The money would be better spent on teaching people the highway code, then they will be safer everywhere.

Also what about the crossing 100m down the road? Does this not work??
"Residents claim the crossing, which is on one of Canvey’s main roads, is extremely dangerous as pedestrians come straight onto the crossing from two alleyways, making it hard for drivers to see them" If pedestrains won't wait for the cars to come to a stop when waiting to cross, what makes the council think a pelican crossing will suddenly stop them stepping out when it's not safe? The money would be better spent on teaching people the highway code, then they will be safer everywhere. Also what about the crossing 100m down the road? Does this not work?? joe2345
  • Score: 9

8:49pm Fri 7 Mar 14

joe2345 says...

John T Pharro wrote:
Amazing find money for a controlled crossing, but Essex Highways cannot repair a safety fence outside the Leigh Beck Schools after 9 months, a site visit including Councillors Howard and Blackwell. Explanation please?
I'm still amazed they manage to spend £64 million on sadler's farm and made congestion worse (as anyone with half a brain cell could have forseen)
[quote][p][bold]John T Pharro[/bold] wrote: Amazing find money for a controlled crossing, but Essex Highways cannot repair a safety fence outside the Leigh Beck Schools after 9 months, a site visit including Councillors Howard and Blackwell. Explanation please?[/p][/quote]I'm still amazed they manage to spend £64 million on sadler's farm and made congestion worse (as anyone with half a brain cell could have forseen) joe2345
  • Score: 0

9:29pm Fri 7 Mar 14

carnmountyouknowitmakessense says...

joe2345 wrote:
John T Pharro wrote:
Amazing find money for a controlled crossing, but Essex Highways cannot repair a safety fence outside the Leigh Beck Schools after 9 months, a site visit including Councillors Howard and Blackwell. Explanation please?
I'm still amazed they manage to spend £64 million on sadler's farm and made congestion worse (as anyone with half a brain cell could have forseen)
The only time there is congestion, is when some numpty, goes up the a55 of someone else, due to their poor driving skills
[quote][p][bold]joe2345[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]John T Pharro[/bold] wrote: Amazing find money for a controlled crossing, but Essex Highways cannot repair a safety fence outside the Leigh Beck Schools after 9 months, a site visit including Councillors Howard and Blackwell. Explanation please?[/p][/quote]I'm still amazed they manage to spend £64 million on sadler's farm and made congestion worse (as anyone with half a brain cell could have forseen)[/p][/quote]The only time there is congestion, is when some numpty, goes up the a55 of someone else, due to their poor driving skills carnmountyouknowitmakessense
  • Score: -4

2:21am Sat 22 Mar 14

johanuk says...

joe2345 wrote:
John T Pharro wrote:
Amazing find money for a controlled crossing, but Essex Highways cannot repair a safety fence outside the Leigh Beck Schools after 9 months, a site visit including Councillors Howard and Blackwell. Explanation please?
I'm still amazed they manage to spend £64 million on sadler's farm and made congestion worse (as anyone with half a brain cell could have forseen)
Cannot accept that congestion is worse!, the Sadlers Farm improvements have made a big difference to the traffic flow, but it seems crazy not to have widened Canvey way at the same time!!!!!!!!
[quote][p][bold]joe2345[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]John T Pharro[/bold] wrote: Amazing find money for a controlled crossing, but Essex Highways cannot repair a safety fence outside the Leigh Beck Schools after 9 months, a site visit including Councillors Howard and Blackwell. Explanation please?[/p][/quote]I'm still amazed they manage to spend £64 million on sadler's farm and made congestion worse (as anyone with half a brain cell could have forseen)[/p][/quote]Cannot accept that congestion is worse!, the Sadlers Farm improvements have made a big difference to the traffic flow, but it seems crazy not to have widened Canvey way at the same time!!!!!!!! johanuk
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