Crossing call for Monkton Heathfield 'dangerous road'

More than 250 people have signed a petition calling for a pedestrian crossing to be installed on a "dangerous" road in a Somerset village.

Monkton Heathfield resident Ian Kelsey, who started the petition, claims the A3259 is "extremely busy and dangerous" and vehicles "drive too fast and don't stop to allow pedestrians to cross".

He believes it is "only a matter of time" before someone is killed.

Somerset County Council said a new crossing was being considered.

Mr Kelsey said the road was a direct route to Heathfield Community School for children but it had been without a lollipop person since November.

"The local council has failed to recognise the dangers this poses," he said.

A Somerset County Council spokesman said attempts to recruit a new school crossing patrol in the village "have been unsuccessful so far, although efforts are continuing".

He said councillor David Fothergill had put forward a request for a permanent crossing to be provided as part of the council's Small Improvement Schemes programme.

"A decision on the next phase of SiS projects is due to be made in the near future," he added.

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