A new zebra crossing in Bourton on the Water has already been closed – and people are asking why.
The crossing, which was opened at the same time as the new Co-Op store in the village, helps residents get across Station Road safely from the shop to homes.
Now, just a month after it was opened, ‘crossing not in use’ signs have gone up and the belisha beacons have been shrouded in orange hoods.
Cllr Paul Hodgkinson (Bourton and Northleach) was surprised and dismayed when he heard the news:
“It is crazy to shut it after it has been open since the new Co-Op was opened weeks ago! I gather it is because the developer who built the new shop didn’t alert the County Council who in turn couldn’t get the proper legal process and consultation in place in order to install it.
“This really is bureaucracy gone mad and people aren’t happy. The crossing is on Station Road and is very well used by residents and students from the Cotswold School. In fact people are still using the crossing and cars are still stopping. Everyone is confused!
“I’ve now contacted highways bosses and have asked them to sort out the situation as quickly as possible.”
The Cotswold School, located in Bourton-on-the-Water, has unveiled new sports equipment which was part funded by Gloucestershire County Council’s ‘Active Together’ scheme.
‘Active Together’ is a grant scheme designed to increase sport and physical activity opportunities for people in the county. Each electoral division in the county has £40,000 available.
County Councillor Paul Hodgkinson (Bourton-on-the-Water and Northleach) provided the School with cash from his ‘Active Together’ funds towards their new gym. Money was also provided by the neighbouring county councillor.
Cotswold School, which was recently voted by the Times newspaper as the best comprehensive school in the country, made the application to the county council to further support its role as sports facility provider in the community.
The money helped to replace ageing gymnastics equipment, used by the school as well as local clubs, and to buy moveable dugouts for the school’s outdoor sports pitches. New sports equipment for the netball team, and an outdoor table tennis table were also included in the investment.
Cllr Paul Hodgkinson, said; “I’m delighted to be able to support the fantastic work that Cotswold School does in the local community.
“This additional funding will mean they can continue to provide high quality facilities for their pupils and local sports clubs, whilst promoting a healthy lifestyle in the county.”
Bourton residents have given a warm welcome to a new road crossing along Station Road.
Paul Hodgkinson, Ginie Moss and family at the new crossing
In August, the County Council installed the 24/7 safety feature on one of the village’s busiest roads. It followed on from a mass petition calling for the crossing which was presented to Gloucestershire County Council last year.
A teacher at the Cotswold School – Ginie Moss – gathered 1100 names on the petition and was backed by County Councillor Paul Hodgkinson and Bourton Parish Council.
Now, all the campaigning has paid off. The crossing is in place sooner than expected and is being used by school students, mums and dads and older residents in particular.
Cllr Hodgkinson says its a good example of people working together to make something happen, “This all started with the enthusiasm of Mr and Mrs Moss and their determination to get something done to make the road safer for pedestrians.
“I campaigned with them to get this in place and its a credit to all those who signed the petition, put money into the scheme and lobbied for it that it is now a reality.
“Thanks to the parish council and our local schools for all their support on this.”
A call for a safer road crossing in Bourton on the Water is now coming to fruition.
Paul Hodgkinson and Ginie Moss at Shire Hall
Two Bourton on the Water residents, Ginie and Patrick Moss, gathered 1100 names on a petition that called for the installation of a 24/7 crossing facility on Station Road in the village.
Ginie Moss, a teacher at the Cotswold School, delivered the petition to Gloucestershire County Council in May this year with Cllr Paul Hodgkinson.
Now, Gloucestershire County Council have told residents that they are currently working on some advance design work for a signalised crossing on Station Road as it has ‘scored well in assessment for funding.’
The installation of the crossing cannot be confirmed until funding has been approved for the next financial year. However, this is fantastic progress and the application for this much-needed crossing would not have got this far without the tenacity of Mr and Mrs Moss and without all those who signed the petition.
Paul thanked Ginie and Patrick for their hard work on the issue, “A huge congratulations should go to them for their persistence in pushing the Council to act. I will continue to support this in whichever way I can – after all, this is about road safety for school children, elderly residents and parents.”