Ferndown campaigners fight to have A348 pedestrian crossing moved
WHEN Dorset County Council proposed that a pedestrian crossing should be provided on the A348 Ringwood Road, Ferndown, south of Carroll Avenue, nearby residents said it was being put in the wrong place.
And a year later, and just months after the £85,000 button activated puffin crossing was installed, people living at nearby Homelands House say they have been proved right - and have taken photos to prove their case.
There have been numerous incidents.
Sylvia Bolt, one of the opponents to the crossing, said: “Last month a Spanish lorry was unable to get through. The police had to stop all the traffic along the Ringwood Road, New Road and Victoria Road whilst the vehicle slowly reversed from the puffin crossing. The vehicle then had to have a police escort back to the main highway. This took over half an hour to clear.”
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Mrs Bolt added that traffic lights have been knocked down and illuminated bollards smashed.
“This is not to mention severe tail backs of traffic and driver frustration. With the holiday season almost upon us, there will be more chaos to come.”
Fellow Homelands resident Carol Atkins said: “People living at St George’s Court sheltered housing 150 yards down the road had been campaigning for a crossing. We would like it to be relocated there as not only is the road wider, but it would be further away from busy Ringwood Road/Victoria Road junction/New Road junction.”
She added that KFC, and its customers, seemed to be the only beneficiaries of the crossing.
Carol and Sylvia say they will continue to monitor the situation and to fight to have the crossing moved.
Matthew Williams, traffic control manager for Dorset County Council, said: "Following a request from a local resident the proposed location was surveyed and met the criteria for a new crossing. During the design process both pedestrian and vehicle requirements were considered in order to minimise delays to vehicles but still provide a crossing in the area that it had been requested"
"We haven't received any feedback from Ferndown residents, but there are no plans to alter the crossings location at this stage."