Stowmarket: Success for petition as crossing is built across road near Combs Ford Primary School

Parents of pupils from Combs Ford Primary School are happy to finally have a crossing across Needham Road in Stowmarket Parents of pupils from Combs Ford Primary School are happy to finally have a crossing across Needham Road in Stowmarket

Matt Hunter matt.hunter@archant.co.uk
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
5:17 PM

The mother behind a successful petition which pressed for a crossing to be built near a school has said it is already improving safety.

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Vicky Browne, 32, from Bridge Street, Combs Ford, demanded action after witnessing school children and parents struggle to cross Needham Road in Stowmarket.

Although the road is covered by a 30mph limit cars often break the law as they head towards the A14 or to town.

Miss Browne, whose nine-year-old daughter Mya goes to the nearby Combs Ford Primary School, managed to get around 190 people to back the petition.

When challenged by the petition in October, Suffolk County Council said a crossing was not included in safety proposals for the road.

But two months later it was announced that work to build a pelican crossing would begin.

Miss Browne said: “People have said it’s brilliant; it’s actually slowing down traffic which is a big thing. Drivers were slowing down even before it was active.

“It was not just parents and children concerned, it was people like dog walkers trying to cross the road, people trying to get to work and not able to safely cross the road.”

Miss Browne was also motivated when her cat, Billy, died after being hit by a vehicle on the road.

In the past Needham Road was also next to a now closed play area, Pike’s Meadow. But council bosses are looking to provide a facility there again in the future.

Miss Browne added: “The media coverage helped to get a positive response and the Facebook site encouraged people to sign the petition.

“There definitely needs to be more traffic calming there, I am looking at if we can put signs warning that there is a school nearby put up to make people know they need to slow down.”

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