Residents hit out over the ‘crossing to nowhere’

CROSS OVER CROSSING -- Jim Radburn (second from left) and Coun John Wilmott (third from left) with disgruntled residents at the crossing -- DISPIC NMAC12-2249-3

CROSS OVER CROSSING -- Jim Radburn (second from left) and Coun John Wilmott (third from left) with disgruntled residents at the crossing -- DISPIC NMAC12-2249-3

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A CONTROVERSIAL pedestrian crossing on Hucknall’s Watnall Road ‘leads to nowhere’, residents claim.

The toucan crossing, near the Rolls-Royce plant, was installed by Notts County Council last year.

But critics claim that there is a much greater need for a crossing on other parts of Watnall Road.

They say it is so seldom used that its ‘green man’ might as well be made redundant!

However, Coun Mick Murphy, a Hucknall Conservative member of the county council, insists that the crossing will come into its own when a groundbreaking housing and industrial masterplan on the Rolls-Royce site is carried out.

The chairman of Hucknall Carers Group, Jim Radburn, who lives nearby, said: “This crossing serves absolutely no purpose as far as I am concerned. It just leads to a hedge on one side.”

He claimed there was no consultation about siting of the crossing, which cost between £25,000 and £30,000.

A Dispatch reporter carried out his own mini-survey of the crossing during the past week.

After a man walked over with his dog, no-one else used the crossing for the next 45 minutes.

Coun Chris Baron, a Labour member for Hucknall West ward on Ashfield District Council, said: “I have always maintained that this crossing is in the wrong place.

“I can think of two other sections of Watnall Road where it would be far more useful. One is where pensioners and disabled people have to get across to visit a doctors’ surgery, a pharmacy and an over-60s’ club — and the other is next to the Whyburn shopping precinct to help people employed at units on Daniels Way.”

Hucknall’s Coun John Wilmott, Labour’s deputy leader of Ashfield District Council, has written to the county council to express people’s dissatisfaction with the crossing.

But Coun Murphy said the crossing was part of a cycle route for employees travelling by bike to work at Rolls-Royce. “It will eventually benefit a lot of people,” he added.