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Crossing battle pays off at last for campaigner
RESIDENTS in Moredon are set to have a safe way to cross a busy main road after years of campaigning.
Self-confessed busy body, Dave Smith, has been campaigning for two and a half years to get a crossing on Moredon Road close to the junction of The Street.
It is hoped that a toucan crossing will be put in place this autumn which will allow residents to access the shops, medical centre and Moredon Primary School.
Moredon Road used to be a quiet country road but with the increase of developments in the surrounding area it has become increasingly busy with higher speeds.
The crossing is expected to cost in the region of £30,000 and is being funded by section 106 money.
A community speedwatch scheme, of which Dave is part, has helped to bring down speeds on the road but Mr Smith has been concerned that there is nowhere for the elderly residents to cross the road.
Dave, who is retired, has decided to spend his time fighting the corner of residents in the local area.
He said: “When the crossing is put in place it means all the people on the other side of Moredon Road will be able to safely access the shops and the medical centre.
“The road, over time, has become very busy and without a sensible place to cross the elderly in particular have to head past the school to the panda crossing.
“From my time with the speedwatch team I have seen even there though that cars do not slow down or stop, even if there are people waiting to cross.
“It is not only the elderly, there is a path that leads down to Akers Way which a lot of the schoolchildren use, so it is important for them now the school is back.
“We have been on this for two and a half years and there were problems with funding but it is now being paid for by section 106 money.
“It will make a huge difference to the community.”
Dave is also hoping to deal with the pavements surrounding the Moredon Community Centre which are crumbling.
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