Chalford councillors call for traffic lights at accident blackspot
PERMANENT traffic lights should be installed at the bottom of Old Neighbourhood in Chalford, say parents and councillors.
The call was made at Chalford Parish Council's meeting on Thursday, where residents shared concerns about traffic at the junction of Old Neighbourhood with the A419.
Temporary traffic lights were put in place at the accident blackspot in December but now there are calls for them to become permanent.
Speaking at the meeting, Zoe Mandeville, headteacher of Christ Church Primary School, in Chalford, said: "The safety of children, parents and other pedestrians on the Old Neighbourhood junction is paramount.
"We want our children and families to be able to get to and from school safely."
School governor Angela Wilson said: "I have seen lots of fences and walls crashed into on Old Neighbourhood and unfortunately it is only a matter of time until a child gets hit."
Resident Helen Jacobs, who lives just off the junction of Old Neighbourhood and Skaiteshill, said: "That whole stretch of the A419 which runs through Chalford should be viewed as a village road and therefore the speed limit should be 30mph."
Cllr David Pinson said: "We have to be aware we have a big fight on our hands with Gloucestershire Highways and therefore we have to be very clear on what traffic calming measures we can realistically get in place."
Cllr Penny Noble said: "I think we should be requesting for the county council to research what traffic calming measures would be best for Chalford."
District councillors Debbie Young (Con, Chalford) and Liz Peters (Con, Chalford) were supportive of the idea of permanent traffic lights but warned that the cost would be high.
It was decided to ask Gloucestershire County Council for permanent traffic lights to be installed and for other traffic calming measures to be investigated.
Speaking to the SNJ, Richard Gray, GCC's local highways manager, said: "Although there are currently no plans to install permanent signals at this junction we are happy to talk to the parish council about this if they approach us."