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Councillors help out at busy junction
12:00pm Friday 1st November 2013 in News
THREE councillors spent every day last week in hi-vis jackets helping schoolchildren cross the busy Tabors Corner, Shenfield - and are demanding a lollipop patrol is reinstated.
The area at the junction of Hutton Road and Shenfield Road is currently undergoing roadworks meaning temporary traffic lights have been installed.
However, Lib Dem councillors Liz Cohen, Graeme Clark and Barry Aspinell have taken it upon themselves to help pupils of nearby St Mary’s Primary School cross the road at 8.20am and 3pm.
They feel the junction is unsafe to cross as they have seen the traffic lights not working properly and drivers whizzing through.
Assistance from police and Essex County Council has been requested by the councillors, but both have not provided any.
Up until 2010 a lollipop man helped at the crossing before Essex County Council cut the post.
Mrs Cohen said: “Volunteering to work there this week has just emphasized how a lollipop patrol is so needed at this Crossing and we would like to bring back the lollipop patrol to this crossing.
“Having worked there all week it highlighted once again the everyday dangers that this crossing has. It is an accident waiting to happen.”
A police spokeswoman said: “Unfortunately, we had no one available to send at that time due to other, higher priority calls.
If this is an ongoing problem they should contact the Highways department who would oversee such matters.”
County council bosses said they are investigating the operation of the permanent traffic lights there and this will include looking at ways to help pedestrians in the future.
A spokesman said: “We are aware that there are concerns regarding road users not stopping at the red light.
“As part of the investigation, we are looking into a number of options to alleviate the concerns expressed by residents and local councillors.
“A report of the investigation’s findings will be made available later this financial year.”