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Residents force rethink on crossing; 'Too few pupils walk to school'.

Byline: DAYLE CRUTCHLOW

PLANS to put a crossing on a busy road near to a Nuneaton school are set to be scrapped after complaints from residents.

Warwickshire County Council was planning to spend pounds 50,000 on a revolutionary Puffin crossing, which is able to sense when people are waiting to cross.

The plan was to put the crossing at Greenmoor Road near the main entrance of St Thomas More School.

However, county councillors are now looking at alternative schemes after receiving two objections and a petition signed by 37 residents who felt that the crossing would reduce parking spaces and increase noise and pollution.

Residents also claimed that too few pupils walk to school and that the main problem is speeding traffic.

They suggested that temporary speed limits or safety cameras be installed and that a pedestrian island should be built near the Jubilee Sports Centre.

A travel survey carried out last year revealed 17 per cent of pupils walk to school, with many of them needing to cross Greenmoor Road.

The county council's director of planning, John Deegan, said: "In view of the strength of local feeling, it is proposed to reconsider the installation of the Puffin crossing and to investigate alternative traffic measures to improve safety for both residents and visitors to St Thomas More School and the Jubilee Sports Centre."
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Date:Jan 24, 2003
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