10 August 2010

Northamptonshire County Council has suspended work on a project to build a zebra crossing in the village of Little Brington.

The scheme was taken forward following a petition and support from the parish council, however it has also come to light that there are some residents who are opposed to the crossing.

The council believes that the views of the whole community should be listened to, particularly in the current financial climate, and so the authority will hold a meeting in the village in September to establish how much support there is for this road-safety measure.

Cllr Heather Smith, county council cabinet member for transport, minerals and waste, said: “It’s important as a county council that we listen to what people in local communities have to say and from the amount of protests about this crossing it was clear that there was a substantial voice against this zebra crossing.

“It’s about weighing up what’s best for everyone and that’s why we’re going to go back to the people of Little Brington and ask them what they think is best for them.

“There’s no cost in suspending these works so it makes sense in every way to delay it and make sure the right decision is made.”

The zebra crossing was being installed as part of the county council’s safer routes to school initiative, a scheme which provides engineering enhancements to help improve safety, accessibility and encourage more children to walk or cycle to school.