New hopes raised for pedestrian crossing

Holme on Spalding Moor residents Alec Wild, Katherine Harrison and  Sharon smith,handover a petition in support for a Pelican Crossing  to East Riding of Yorkshire Ward Councillors - Cllr Victoria Aitken,  Cllr Nigel Wilkinson and  Cllr Linda Bayram. at County Hall, Beverley.
Holme on Spalding Moor residents Alec Wild, Katherine Harrison and Sharon smith,handover a petition in support for a Pelican Crossing to East Riding of Yorkshire Ward Councillors - Cllr Victoria Aitken, Cllr Nigel Wilkinson and Cllr Linda Bayram. at County Hall, Beverley.

A longed-for pedestrian crossing in Holme on Spalding Moor could finally become a reality following a campaign by residents.

Residents have been asking for a crossing in High Street for a number of years in a bid to make the area safer for pedestrians.

Four and a half years ago, a petition of more than 450 signatures was handed in to East Riding of Yorkshire Council, but nothing ever came of it.

Since then, campaigners say that new homes have been built and traffic has escalated, so the crossing is needed now more than ever.

With this in mind, residents Katherine Harrison, Sharon Smith and Alec Wild organised a new campaign in recent months which has 
attracted strong support.

A petition was put in Katherine’s Barbers and featured on the “Holme on Spalding Moor Information Page” website and Facebook page.

A letter was also produced to send, en masse, to council leader Councillor Stephen Parnaby. Copies were left at the barber shop and more than 200 people picked up a copy, filled in their details and sent it in. The trio handed the campaign material in to the council and discussions have taken place about the way forward.

A written response, signed by all the Howdenshire ward councillors, states: “We do agree that a crossing, if possible, near to the village green would be an asset to the community. However, there are many considerations which will need to be addressed.”

One of the considerations was a feasibility assessment to look at a suitable location, which has now been carried out with two possible locations established for possible traffic calming.

The council is now suggesting that a public consultation should take place to gather local feeling and that possible issues against, such as parking, should be looked at.

A spokesman said: “When all these considerations are in place we will have to find funding. Purely as a ball park figure, a pedestrian crossing costs in excess of £20,000.

“There will be very little funding available from the council as budgets are reducing. There will be a need to find external funding, which we feel sure the parish council will be happy to help with.”

On behalf of the campaign group, Katherine Harrison said: “Our need is real and a compromise of where the funding might come from may be required in order that the traffic calming can be installed sooner, rather than later.

“Wherever the budget comes from, the need for traffic calming in Holme, particularly on the High Street is essential for the protection and safety of all our residents.”