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Witham: Council disappointed by zebra crossing delay
5:00pm Friday 27th September 2013 in News
A PROPOSED zebra crossing has been delayed after a £890 Road Safety survey failed to take into consideration 600 employees who are being moved to the area.
Cofunds, an independent financial services company who will be moving 600 of their employees to Mayland House, Witham, in October, made a request for a zebra crossing near the junction of The Avenue and Newland Street to Witham Town Council, who alerted Essex County Council.
But an £890 survey on behalf of Essex County Council, which deemed the crossing unnecessary, seems to have failed to consider the extra pedestrians that will arrive in October.
Jane Coleman, deputy town clerk for Witham Town Council, said: “We put in the request for the crossing to Essex County Council, who wanted to do a survey so went to the Local Highways Panel in July for funding. But they hadn’t read our letter properly and didn’t take the extra 600 people into account.
“Essex County Council were fully advised in April so we are very disappointed that they can’t facilitate something we have requested with good reason.”
An Highways Liaison Officer said: “A request for a pedestrian crossing was supported by Braintree LHP three months ago. However, at that time it was not indicated when the company move and resulting footfall increase was expected to come into effect, and a survey of the location suggested it would not meet the required criteria for a new crossing.
“A request for funding for a repeat survey assessment once the company move has been completed will be considered by the Braintree LHP on 3 October."
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