Thursday, 29 November 2012

Clive Jones pleads with Earley’s Tories to support petitioners’ request for a pedestrian crossing on Kilnsea Drive

Clive Jones at Kilnsea Drive next to the
he requested be cut to improve visibility
for school children crossing the road.
Lib Dem Clive Jones attended the full council meeting of Earley Town Council last night, November 28th, to plead with Earley’s ruling Tories on behalf of local residents calling for a pedestrian crossing on Kilnsea Drive.

Earley’s Lib Dems support residents campaigning for a crossing, and helped gather signatures for the 427 strong petition presented to Wokingham Borough Council last September, and were disappointed to learn the Borough Council is unlikely to act soon, citing a lack of funds and a long waiting list as reasons for its probable inaction.

Following the meeting Clive Jones stated

“We’re committed to help residents. This crossing is important, young children should be able to walk to school safely. It looks very unlikely that Wokingham will provide the money, so perhaps Earley Town Council will help.”
Clive asked Earley Town Council to support the campaign by formally writing to Wokingham Borough Council and requesting a crossing and also by providing funding to make it possible.

Earley’s ruling Tories agreed to refer the request to its Planning Committee, next meeting on December 4th.
Footnote:
Clive asked the following question at Earley Town Council’s full council meeting: 
“400 plus petitioners have called for a pedestrian crossing on Kilnsea Drive so school children can cross the road safely on their way to school? Would the Council be willing to write to WBC supporting the crossing and offer financial assistance, £20k is the minimum sum required to fund the crossing. If not this amount could a contribution be considered?"