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Children risking their lives crossing Mappleborough Green road

Ross Crawford 15th Nov, 2017

CHILDREN are risking life and limb crossing the A435 at Mappleborough Green says a Redditch Borough Councillor.

Antonia Pulsford (Con, Winyates) is calling for the speed limit on the busy road to be cut to 30mph and is anxious for other measures to be put in place to protect children attending the local primary school.

Her plea comes after there were three crashes in seven days on the road between the start of the 40mph sign and the Dog island.

“There is no pedestrian crossing at all and the footpath is very narrow – I would have thought that given the amount of traffic some sort of arrangement to cross the road is absolutely essential,” she said.

Many of the pupils attending the highly regarded school live in Winyates Green, which is part of Redditch in Worcestershire, while the school is in neighbouring Warwickshire.

As part of its plan to accommodate a growing population Redditch is also set to build two new closes of houses off Far Moor Lane, which could lead to more children attending the school.

Mappleborough Green Parish Councillor Maureen Berry said she was hopeful some sort of solution could be in place next year.

“We feel things are finally moving in the right direction,” she said.

“Our County Councillor Clive Rickhards is pushing for action and the engineer Warwickshire sent out understands our situation.

“We would love to have a pelican crossing or something like that and it was interesting to see that when there were traffic lights on the Henley Road there were no traffic hold-ups.

“But something must be done. I walk my three grandchildren home from the school and to say the least crossing the road is very scary.”

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