Not the end of road for safer crossing at St George’s but plans delayed again

A proposed crossing point outside St George’s School in top Mossley has been rejected on police advice.

But campaigners are hopeful a new facility will be eventually provided though it could be 2018 before safety measures are finally introduced.

In the interim period the School on Stamford Street could also see a return of its ‘lollipop lady.’

St George’s and Mossley Town Council, with a donation from Livingstone School, agreed last summer to fund a new crossing at a cost of £11,000.

It was hoped work would be completed by the end of 2016 as part of a wider road safety campaign in the town.

Instead, after carrying out a survey, Greater Manchester Police’s Traffic Unit recommended refusal of the proposed plans due to sighting and design issues.

It is believed they had concerns motorists leaving and entering the area would have insufficient time to react due to the crossing’s planned location.

“Their report detailed why a crossing shouldn’t happen and Tameside Council won’t go against the recommendation of the police,” Councillor Frank Travis told last month’s annual Mossley Town Council meeting.

However, Cllr Travis also explained Highways England engineers are involved in a major review of all traffic safety measures from Ashton through to Greenfield, including top Mossley town centre.

He said Tameside Council were expected to submit a funding bid in September “for a considerable amount of money” which would allow for the possible installation of a much more expensive Puffin crossing plus additional upgrading of traffic calming measures in the area as part of an integrated project.

“In the meantime,” added Cllr Travis: “We could look at re-instating the school crossing patrol and recruiting a local person on an interim basis.”

Pat Hardman had been St George’s lollipop lady for more than 15 years until her role was axed after the Easter holidays of 2016.

Tameside Council, who employ lollipop patrols, originally funded Pat’s post but the onus passed to the School due to financial pressures.

St George’s then financed the post for two years at a cost of £11,000 but the agreement with the Council expired in March 2016. Governors then decided their own Authority budget – slashed by around £50,000 – should be spent in other areas.


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