Crossing a small victory for campaigner

By Laura Payne Thursday 11 October 2012 Updated: 18/10 09:39

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Campaigners signed a petition to ask for a pedestrian crossing outside Shirley Station. (s)

A CAMPAIGNER says he is satisfied with the decision to build a pedestrian crossing on a Shirley street.

Trevor Eames from the Solihull Ratepayers Association organised a petition, which was signed by residents and traders, to call for a pedestrian crossing outside the entrance to Shirley Station on Haslucks Green Road.

Although their petition was dismissed by Solihull Council, a zebra crossing is to be installed further along the road as part of the Sainsbury's development which was approved by a planning inspector.

Mr Eames said he felt as though they had 'lost the battle but won the skirmish.'

And while the campaigners are reconciled to the location of the pedestrian crossing, they have concerns about the parking provision outside the new Sainsbury's store which they feel is hazardous.

The development will include 24 parking spaces at a 90 degree angle to replace the existing ten spaces.

This design was favoured over slanted parking bays as they are easier to access from both directions.

Mr Eames said: "I'm satisfied that we got the pedestrian crossing but I'm very, very disappointed over the Sainsbury's situation because I think it will destroy a thriving shopping parade.

"We battle around the borough to try and stop them putting this 90 degree parking on busy roads as they are absolutely horrendous.

"You have to back onto the road before you can see what's coming and I think they have created one of the most hazardous parking arrangements that Solihull has ever seen."

But the planning inspector's report said the parking is suitable for the location.

It read: "The proposed parking bays would meet the required standard dimensions and would benefit from a buffer between them and the adjacent carriageway.

"This would allow vehicles to manoeuvre out of the space for a short distance before entering the traffic stream, which would improve inter-visibility."

He added the arrangement would benefit highway safety by providing similar access to motorists approaching from both directions.

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