The County Council have told the Echo that we are going to get some kind of pedestrian crossing at the Rawreth Lane/ Downhall Park Way junction in Rayleigh after all.:
A PEDESTRIAN crossing costing ?114,000 will finally be built at a dangerous junction in Rayleigh where a woman was seriously injured in a road accident.
Essex County Council has earmarked April next year as the date of completion for the crossing, after funding was obtained from developers.
The crossing will be in Rawreth Lane, near the junction with Downhall Park Way, where a grandmother was seriously injured after being hit by a car in February.
Rochford district councillors were shocked after reportedly being told by a county council officer at a meeting earlier this month that the deadline for getting ?73,000 for the crossing had been missed because the money had not been spent in time.
But, in fact, the county council now says the deadline was not until September 2009 and the money was just being held over so improved designs could be drawn up.
This is a very curious business- local councillors and local journalists have been told different things. It looks like highways officers have made a last-ditch attempt to retrieve the situation, and if they’ve managed to sort things out , that’s good.
However, the main thing is that we get a crossing – and Ron’s questionning a month ago seems to have stirred things into life. But why will it take until April next year to put the crossing in?