'Where is our crossing' call

PUBLISHED: 08:32 16 July 2008 | UPDATED: 22:04 15 June 2010

IT is a scandal that four years after a charity was forced to part with £10,000 for a much-needed pedestrian crossing in Honiton the amenity has yet to materialise. That is the view of town councillors...

IT is a scandal that four years after a charity was forced to part with £10,000 for a much-needed pedestrian crossing in Honiton the amenity has yet to materialise.That is the view of town councillors, who are now so fed up with protracted issues surrounding a proposed crossing for Kings Road that they are to demand an official from County Hall addresses a future meeting of the town council to give "definitive" answers.East Devon District Council has banked £10,000, extracted from SeeAbility as part of a planning condition for the development of Windmill Court, but neither Devon County Council nor the Highways Agency has requested the cash to get the work done.As cabling for speed counters was laid by county council staff last Thursday, there were fears that there could be a further delay - while a town-wide traffic survey is carried out.Councillor Dianne Morgan, who lives in Kings Road and has campaigned for the crossing and other safety measures, fears part of the community has been left cut off from the rest of the town by traffic speeding into Honiton along the A35.Town and district councillor Peter Halse revealed at a meeting on Monday that the crossing does not appear on a forward plan at County Hall.The news came as a shock to Councillor Morgan, who has a letter that states the crossing has "gone to the design stage". "It's totally disgraceful," said Councillor Halse. "We have got to do something."People, including those with profound disabilities at Windmill Court, are "dicing with death every day", Councillor Liz Tirard claimed.Former mayor Councillor Vernon Whitlock said: "I despair about this. They don't seem to be making any progress at all. The time has come for us to be asking a senior person from the Highways Agency to give us a definitive account of what's going on."It's obviously totally unacceptable."Councillors fear a similar situation will arise at Turks Head - if Aldi is given planning permission for a new supermarket.Some councillors felt SeeAbility should be given their money back, if there is no prospect of the crossing being installed in the near future.The council agreed to write to County Hall again - this time to request a visit from somebody with answers."We owe it to SeeAbility. They want their crossing or their money back," said councillor Morgan.The Herald has been unable to find out when the crossing will be installed.Councillor Morgan is urging anybody with a view about the matter to write to Honiton Town Council - so public demands for a crossing can be shown to officials.Comment on this story.

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