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Campaign for Norfolk pedestrian crossing to keep children safe

17:59 05 November 2012

Cathy Braddon with her son Zac (L to R) Helen Burgess and Sarah Berwick who all want a new crossing on Swan Lane in Long Stratton to help school pupils cross the road.

Cathy Braddon with her son Zac (L to R) Helen Burgess and Sarah Berwick who all want a new crossing on Swan Lane in Long Stratton to help school pupils cross the road.

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A campaign has been started for a new pedestrian crossing to keep children safe as they cross a busy Norfolk village street to get to school.

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Parents of children at Long Stratton High School and St Mary’s Junior School in Long Stratton are appealing to South Norfolk Council to provide a crossing in Swan Lane close to the junction with Manor Road so pupils at the two schools could cross safely.

The crossing would be included within council plans to redevelop the former Cygnet House care home, next to the council’s offices in Swan Lane, as 56 homes and would help reduce the safety risk to children from increased traffic associated with the new development.

Sarah Berwick, a governor and parent at St Mary’s Junior School, said as well as the Cygnet House plans, a further 120 homes were set to be built in nearby Chequers Lane in Tharston by Sunguard Land and much of the traffic associated with this development would also use Swan Lane.

The road also receives traffic going to the Swan Lane doctors surgery.

“What we are trying to campaign to do is to include the crossing as a planning condition if they pass the Cygnet House plans. Thankfully, there has not been an accident there and they only look at casualty reduction, which is reactive rather than proactive. We want a crossing put in before there is an accident,” she said.

Many of the pupils at the two schools live on the Churchfields estate at the Norwich end of the village and walk down the A140 Ipswich Road before turning into Swan Lane and crossing over to get to the schools at the bottom of Manor Road.

The campaigners are hoping the pedestrian crossing can be created just passed the junction with Manor Road and close to the entrance road for the council’s office so the children don’t then have to cross over Manor Road to get to the high school.

A public consultation has been taking place on the plans to redevelop the former Cygnet House care home, which used to be an NHS run facility for dementia patients. A planning application will follow.

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