Pedestrian refuge comes at a price; Loss of parking would be part of the package.
A PEDESTRIAN refuge promised to Coventry residents has still not materialised despite a four-year campaign.
Neighbours in Brinklow Road, Binley, have been calling for a crossing to improve safety following a string of accidents.
The city council has intimated they could have one - but only if they accept double yellow lines as part of the package.
Darrell Reed-Aspley, aged 68, of Brinklow Road, launched the campaign for a pedestrian crossing in 2003.
The retired teacher says there have been five car accidents since the end of last year and has renewed his campaign.
Residents initially wanted a pedestrian crossing but welcomed the council's suggestion of a central refuge.
Mr Reed-Aspley said: "Our road is becoming busier and busier and it is only going to get worse because the area is one of the fastest-growing areas in the city.
"Children, parents and the elderly cross that road.
"We have been fishing for a pedestrian refuge for four years now. The council said they would investigate and let me know but I heard nothing, even though I wrote on numerous occasions."
The petition for a refuge was backed by Caludon Castle Secondary School, in Axholme Road, Wyken, and Clifford Bridge Primary School, in Coombe Park Road, Binley.
But the plan was later opposed by a few residents who said it would affect their parking.
Mr Reed-Aspley later resubmitted the petition and received a letter from Cllr Dave Arrowsmith in February 2005, which stated:
"I can confirm that the central refuge and traffic regulation orders will be implemented at some stage", though no completion date was offered.
A city council spokesman said: "Initially, when the residents had requested the city council to look at the possibility of creating a refuge, plans for the scheme were drawn up. However, there were issues due to the number of parked vehicles on the road.
"The use of double yellow lines on sections of the road to surround the refuge was rejected by the majority of residents.
This meant that the scheme/refuge would not be viable otherwise.
"We would be more than happy to consult with residents again. However, the use of double yellow lines on stretches of the road is a reality with a refuge, or pelican crossing etc, and would therefore impact on residents' parking."
DS140307ROAD1; SAFETY CAMPAIGN... Binley residents and parents of pupils at Clifford Bridge School want the council to install a crossing in Brinklow Road, Binley. Picture: Darryl Smith