Graham Stuart, MP, for Beverley & Holderness has been contacted by a number of constituents in Sproatley to say the village needs a pedestrian crossing on the main road, near the village shop.
Graham said “I heard from residents that it can be hard to cross the main road which they believe is effectively splitting the village in two. I know traffic flow surveys have been carried out which show no need for a pedestrian crossing but the strong feeling in the village is that the perception is one of excess heavy traffic and that some sort of pedestrian crossing is required.
“I am told that many school children, the elderly and disabled, have to cross to “the other side” of the village on this road and are either frightened to do so or require assistance. One resident says it is a shame her eight year old daughter cannot go and visit her Gran on “the other side” whenever she wants; she has to wait for an adult to chaperone her across the busy road. Another told me her son, who has mobility problems and suffers from difficulty with his balance, has become a recluse and will not attempt to visit the local shop, having fallen on numerous occasions while trying to cross the road.
“Having heard these stories I was more than happy to see if there is something I can do to help the village and yesterday met the Director of Environment and Neighbourhood Services at East Riding Council to explore ideas to solve the problem. The Director, Nigel Leighton, told me the Council had no objection, in principle, if the funding could be found to pay for a feasibility study and installation. Although it’s disappointing that the Council does not have the funds to pay for the pedestrian crossing I shall keep looking for a third party to pay for the feasibility of it. “
Ms Pat O’Berg, a resident of Westlands Road said “I’m glad Graham’s trying to sort out a safe way to cross the road for us as something needs to be done before there’s an accident. I know some people just won’t risk trying to cross it and so can’t get to the shop or to visit friends and family. Lots of people have to cross the road with dogs, like I do, and I’m always terrified the dog will slip his lead and cause an accident.”
Carolina Rudd-Baggaley of Westlands Road said “We certainly need a crossing. It is like playing Russian roulette crossing the main road in Sproatley.”