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Mums ‘pleased’ as council promise to build two crossings for Woodford Green ‘danger road’

PUBLISHED: 16:41 20 April 2016 | UPDATED: 16:42 20 April 2016

Local residents and children where the crossing is needed

Local residents and children where the crossing is needed

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Parents spoke of their relief after Redbridge Council promised to build two zebra crossings along a notorious “danger road”.

Mothers, children and other community groups protested last week over the two year wait for a crossing to be installed in St Barnabas Road, Woodford Green.

This was one of the planning conditions when Woodbridge School increased its capacity in 2014, yet two years on nothing has been finished.

More than 50 angry parents blocked traffic to cross with their children, near Gordon Road.

Since that protest council leader Cllr Jas Athwal has announced the local authority will install two crossings along the road – one to serve Woodbridge School, and another near Gordon Road to give access to several primary schools.

He told the Recorder: “We are looking at putting in two crossings, as children’s safety is paramount.”

The council spokesman explained designs were being finalised and the plans would be formalised soon.

Dawn Hunter, a mother-of-three who was protesting, said she was “very pleased” with the news.

Dawn, 46, of Fairview Gardens, explained: “The more crossings there are the more cars will have to slow down. This was the last push for action, so it’s nice we’ve been heard.”

But Cllr Gwyneth Deakins (Lib Dem, Roding) who organised the protest was more sceptical about Cllr Athwal’s announcement.

“They’re now going to build two crossings? It’s been two years and they haven’t even built one, they should focus on that first,” she said.


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