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PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Newfield Primary parents are calling on South Lanarkshire Council to provide a safe way for them to walk children to school. After the school's catchment area was changed, residents of the Barrett Homes development - opposite Stonehouse Lifestyles - have say they have struggled to cross the busy A71. Currently, they are forced to use a traffic island at a roundabout which can quickly fill up with buggies, prams and children, making social distancing almost impossible and meaning it can take as much as 15 minutes to get across. Get your Lanarkshire Live app Head to the App Store and never miss a beat in Lanarkshire - Apple - Android SLC say that "crossing facilities already in place are suitable for the number of pedestrians wishing to cross the A71," however, they have committed to carrying out a survey of the road usage "once travel patterns return to normal". James Perna, who lives in the Barrett estate, has raised the issue with the council but says he has been left frustrated at the lack of progress. He told Lanarkshire Live: "The council changed the catchment area of Newfield Primary School, meaning the estate had to go to Newfield and cross the road to get there. "The problem is there is no footpath and that means we can't walk down the A71 from here. Instead, we've got to do a 20-minute walk through the estates to get to the nearest crossing rather than crossing here. "We've got a number of young families and disabled people people on the estate. " Last year, a new crossing point was installed at the entrance to the new Persimmon Homes development just 40m or so away from the original crossing, which is set to be kept. This could present an ideal solution according to James if the original crossing was moved down the road and outside the Barrett development. Avondale and Stonehouse councillor, Graeme Campbell, and Conservative candidate for Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse, Meghan Gallacher, are supporting residents in their fight to have a safe crossing point installed. Councillor Campbell said: “I’ve been working with the residents from the Barrett Homes in Stonehouse for several years. Lanarkshire Live Facebook Head over to our new Lanarkshire Live Facebook page to make sure you're up to date with the top stories in the region "We have pleaded with SLC to see common sense and come up with a solution to make this dangerous crossing both safer and easier.
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. “When they then allowed Persimmon Homes to break the original plan for a new roundabout, we saw an opportunity for common sense and therefore moving the pedestrian traffic lights nearer the Stonehouse lifestyles. But again, SLC refused. "I personally think the situation is now ridiculous, because this leaves two sets of traffic lights practically on top of each other. "How hard and how expensive would it be to move the pedestrian lights a few hundred meters west, spacing out the A71 crossing points and saving the Barrett Homes residents a long detour to the current lights due to no footpath along that section of the A71?
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"We need government at all levels to wake up and listen to the every day struggles in our rural communities. "We want our young people to be able to walk to school so we must provide safe routes to achieve this goal." Ms Gallacher said that, if elected, one of her first priorities would be to help residents pile the pressure on SLC. "I think it is a disgrace that they are not listening," she told us, "particularly just now when councillors are promoting active travel. "James and the rest of the residents are absolutely spot on. They are not asking for much, just for a safe crossing for them and their families." The council's head of roads and transportation, Gordon MacKay, said SLC's annual accident assessment showed the crossing facilities already in place "are suitable for the number of pedestrians wishing to cross the A71," but said a review will take place. *Don't miss the latest headlines from around Lanarkshire. Sign up to our newsletters here.
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