Parish Council takes action over school crossing after 'near miss'

Published on: Tuesday, 30th November 2021
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Officials at Ockbrook & Borrowash Parish Council have taken action after receiving a number of requests enquiring about what is being done about a school crossing on a busy road in the south of the area.

The issue regarding the crossing on Victoria Avenue in Borrowash, outside Ashbrook School, was first brought to authority attention when a parent contacted the Parish Clerk about what was described as a 'near miss'.

In response, the Clerk made an approach to Derbyshire County Council and Derbyshire Police to raise concerns on the mother's behalf about the near miss which involved a child and a car.

A response was received from the County Council stating that, due to national guidelines on 'red light' and pedestrian crossings, the Parish Council approach did not meet DCC criteria, and that, in any case, the cost would be around £40,000.

A meeting of the Parish Council in August saw a proposal from the Chairman that an approach was made to the County Council with a view towards match funding, but a statement from Ockbrook & Borrowash Parish Council said that this was met with a reply stating that the proposal was 'not acceptable'.

The statement continued stating that: 'The Chairman contacted DCC Councillors and The Leader or Erewash Borough Council for assistance on this matter but DCC would not change their decision.'

The Parish Council continues to actively seek a solution to the matter.

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