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Puffin crossings to help keep school pupils safe

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: April 09, 2014

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THREE puffin crossings are set to be built near to a new school in East Staffordshire as part of a bid to make the area safer for children and parents.

Staffordshire County Council has outlined plans in its effort to make the area ‘more suitable’ for people heading to St Modwen’s Catholic Primary School when it moves to a new site in September.

The new crossings look set to be built on the A511 Tutbury Road, Harehedge Lane and Beamhill Road if nobody opposes the proposals, which are currently out to consultation.

A spokesman for the authority said: “As part of an application made under the Town and Country Planning Act 1990, permission was granted to develop land at Tutbury Road, Outwoods, for an education establishment.

“As part of the planning permission, it is necessary to improve the existing signalised junction in the form of a roundabout.

Staffordshire County Council is proposing to install pedestrian facilities in the form of puffin crossings as part of the proposed junction improvement scheme to improve pedestrian safety, and due to the close proximity of three schools – St Modwen’s Primary School, Outwoods Primary School and de Ferrers Academy.

“Notice is hereby given that Staffordshire County Council proposes to provide the crossings at the following locations:

l A511 Tutbury Road, Burton – located 20 metres north of the roundabout and 45 metres south of the roundabout;

l Harehedge Lane, Burton – located 20 metres to the east of the roundabout; and

l Beamhill Road, Burton – located 20 metres to the west of the roundabout.

Full details of the proposals, together with a map showing the area and positions of the puffin crossings, can be viewed by heading online to www.staffordshire.gov.uk/trafficregulationorders

The new school will have the capacity for 420 pupils when it finally opens later this year.

It is part of Staffordshire County Council’s blueprint to cope with rising birth rates.

It will include hard and soft play areas, sports pitches, car parking and a drop-off and pick-up area.

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