Crossing boost at blackspot road

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A ‘MUCH-needed’ pelican crossing has been provided on Nottingham Road in Hucknall — after a nine-year-old boy was the victim of a hit-and-run at the blackspot.

Nathan Hammond, a pupil at the nearby Broomhill Junior School, was hit by a car on what was then a zebra crossing but was thankfully not injured.

The accident triggered a campaign for the crossing, controlled by traffic lights, and this has now proved successful.

John Hardy, who is vice-chairman of governors at Butlers Hill Infant School, Hucknall, took up complaints about the traffic danger and he got in touch with Coun Kay Cutts (Con), the leader of Notts County Council,

“It looks as if Coun Cutts has followed the matter through and I am very grateful to her,” said Mr Hardy.

Hucknall Area Consultative Group had earlier asked the county council to look into a previous plea for a pelican crossing on the busy road.

But the council replied that there were no plans to upgrade the crossing at that stage.

“There was only one accident at the crossing from January 2006 until the end of July 2011 and this involved a passenger on a bus which braked sharply,” a council spokesman wrote.

But Mr Hardy claimed that the council had not take into accident a high number of ‘near-misses’. He said the crossing was used by many children of Butlers Hill who were pupils of Broomhill and Butlers Hill schools from as early as when a ‘breakfast club’ began at 7.30 am.

He said regulars at the Yew Tree pub and worshippers at St John’s Church also regularly used the crossing.

Dispatch reader Jeanette Booth has expressed thanks to the council on behalf of children at the two schools for its prompt action to replace the ‘dreadful’ zebra crossing.

She added: “I do have to say it is catching drivers out as they don’t realise the crossing lights are now in place but I’m sure it now a much safer place for children to cross.”

Helen Sheldon, of Beardall Street, Hucknall, had a ‘well done’ message to the council but added that an electricity ‘box’ at the scene was blocking visibility for drivers.