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School heads back crossing scheme; POLICE AND RESIDENTS IN FAVOUR OF pounds 50,000 SAFETY PROPOSAL.

Byline: By DEAN VALLER

HEAD TEACHERS at two Kenilworth schools have welcomed proposals for a crossing on a busy road.

Warwickshire County Council wants to introduce a puffin crossing - a more sophisticated version of the pelican crossing - in Dalehouse Lane, about a mile from Kenilworth School and Park Hill Junior School.

The crossing would cost about pounds 50,000 and the plan is due to be debated at a meeting on Tuesday.

Rob Hodgkins has been head at Park Hill Primary, in Parkfield Drive, for 15 years and said he and his staff are in favour of the crossing.

He said: "Anything that makes it safer for children to walk to school has to be a good thing and anything that gets children out of cars has to be a good thing."

Mr Hodgkins added: "It will hopefully help to reduce the school run of cars that we have, but has taken longer than we hoped."

Dr Alex Begbie, head at Kenilworth School, which has about 1,000 pupils and is situated next to Park Hill Primary, has added his support.

Warwickshire Police have been consulted and offered no objections.

Three residents have written in favour of the scheme.

There have been two letters of objection, centred on concerns that there have been no accidents in the area to warrant the crossing and that the crossing would not be in the most suitable position.

Other concerns included restricted parking outside people's homes and noise from traffic signals.

The objections are answered in a report to councillors with a recommendation to proceed.

Cllr David Shilton (LibDem) said the introduction of a puffin crossing in Dalehouse Lane had been supported by hundreds of residents.

He said: "I'm supporting the scheme - it is an essential area for a pedestrian crossing."

Mr Shilton said, with housing developments that have been completed nearby, he anticipates the crossing being well used and that any concerns will be addressed.
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