Zebras march on Chelmsford

April 23, 2012 7:29 PM

A 1,125-strong petition was handed in to County Councillor Jude Deakin by the residents of Chelmsford in support of a zebra crossing on Linnet Drive. See reports in the Chelmsford Weekly News and the Essex Chronicle.

Zebra Crossing Linnet Drive

Councillor Jude Deakin receives petition from local resident

The history of this crossing 'debate' goes back some time. A change of 'catchment areas' for local schools, meant a large increase in children crossing Linnet Drive at the top of Plane Tree Close to get to Mildmay School. Then there was an accident involving a child in 2005.

Lib Dem Councillors Freda Mountain and Philip Firth started campaigning with residents for a crossing at this busy junction. Essex County Council Highways Dept surveyed the site in 2009 and noted that nearly 100 people crossed this road in a 15 minute period from 8.30 am and commented on the speeding motorists during this time.

A zebra crossing was recommended by the Officers and was due to be installed in February of this year, however some local residents objected and Cllr Tracey Chapman, the (Conservative) Cabinet Member for Highways and Transportation, decided not to proceed with the recommendations.

New Councillors Linda Mascot and Mark Springett took up the baton and have joined Cllr Freda Mountain and County Councillor Jude Deakin in campaigning with what appears to be the vast majority of residents who are angry that the proposed crossing, and funding allocated for it have been shelved.

On Saturday 14th April, local resident Colin Inwood, along with children (and adults!) adorned with zebra masks, presented a petition of 1,125 signatures to Cllr Deakin on the steps of County Hall calling for Essex County Council to provide a safe crossing at this dangerous junction.

Lib Dem Cllr Deakin said, "The level of support for a safe crossing is absolutely marvellous, this petition shows that there are many more people in favour of a crossing than any of us could have imagined. I will be presenting the petiton to ECC Full Council on May 8th. The proposed scheme will then be presented by me to the Highways Locality Panel which is yet to be set up."