FRESH calls have been made for a pedestrian crossing to be put in place across a busy road in Burton, as the march of development brings more and more traffic to the area.
Proposals for the development of a new drive-through fast food outlet along Derby Road have re-ignited the campaign to bring a formal crossing to the route, which is one of the main arteries into Burton.
The idea has been mooted for several years, but now, as more development is set to take place on the Pirelli site, it is hoped the time may have come for the crossing to finally be set up.
Councillor Ron Clarke, who represents the Eton Park area on East Staffordshire Borough Council, and is also a member of the county council, said: “It’s an absolute necessity, especially with the development at the Pirelli.
“It’s a very fast road, which everyone is aware of, and there has already been a petition. It needs a crossing.
“There’s a recreation park there, which means children need to cross it.
“I am as committed and strong on this as I was before. It definitely is still a live idea.”
At the moment, there is just one crossing outside McDonald’s, and a central refuge at another point along the road, which people can use to cross.
However, residents living nearby have said they ‘take their lives in their hands’ when using it, and it is ‘near impossible’ for the elderly and those with small children.
Councillor Clarke said he thought now was the time to act, as it may be possible to gain a financial contribution for the work from developers at the Pirelli site.
“There is every opportunity through development money for it to go ahead. I shall be supporting that,” he told the Mail.
Murmurs about the need for a crossing came to a head in 2009, when residents from Corden Avenue nearby met with councillors to see what could be done.
Proposals were put forward for a crossing with lights, to save people battling with a large amount of high-speed traffic coming from the A38, and to deal with the issue of poor visibility for pedestrians.
The following year, other councillors agreed this was a priority issue within the borough.