Planned zebra crossing a danger – constable
INSTALLING a zebra crossing across La Grande Rue would be a danger to public safety, St Martin’s constable Jeff Wilkes-Green has said.
Traffic & Highway Services has been contacting people in the parish about possibly installing the crossing between the parish hall and the Green Hut.
Mr Wilkes-Green said the area was already congested enough with the filter and zebra crossing near the community centre, as well as parking spaces along Grande Rue.
‘To place a pedestrian crossing right after the filter is quite dangerous,’ he said.
‘Everybody round here is shaking their head. People are just thinking the States are putting more obstacles in their way.
‘Removing the parking spaces is a bad idea, the spaces maintain the flow of traffic, so if they’re removed and the crossing is put in its place, it’ll be a disruption, traffic will just grind to a halt.
‘Where is the money coming from for this? Can the States not fix problems that need to be fixed, such as the wall at Fermain or even pay for a railing to go further round to the existing crossing on the other side, that is currently ignored?’’
A States spokesman said: ‘Concerns surrounding the safety of pedestrians, including children who attend St Martin’s Primary School, when crossing Grande Rue have been raised.
‘Similar crossings are already in place on Rue Maze and on Grande Rue to the east of the filter and this latest crossing point, located along existing pedestrian desire lines, will provide the missing link to join up with these other safe crossing points.
‘Specifically this crossing will improve safety for those people wishing to walk to and from places such as the parish church, St Martin’s School, the community centre, parish hall and retail establishments.’
The Green Hut’s Clint McGrath said he had more than 350 signatures on a petition against the installation of the crossing.
‘Why change something that works now?’ he asked.‘The area should use what they already have. We’ll just have to hope and pray it doesn’t go ahead.’