A developer has been issued a breach of condition notice by the borough council in connection with the installation of a crossing over a busy road.
The developer was granted permission to build 10 new homes in Catsfield Close on the Mayfield estate in 2012.
One condition set by the authority was to install traffic calming in the Catsfield Close as well as the pedestrian refuge in Queensway.
A pedestrian refuge or pedestrian island, is a small section of pavement, where pedestrians can stop before finishing crossing a road.
The houses in Catsfield Close were built by the developer and completed more than a year ago.
Steve Bowles, chairman of Mayfield Area Residents’ Association (MARA), said: “Why has it taken all of this time and why has the crossing not been done? It is so dangerous for people to cross Queensway here. How are disabled people with mobility scooters supposed to get across? Children also cross the road to get to school. What’s it going to take? There have been several fatalities on the road since it was built. There are only two crossing points along the entire road, one by Napier Road and the other by The St Leonards Academy where The Grove used to be.”
Councillor Peter Chowney, the council’s lead member for regeneration, said: “Condition Five of this planning application detailed a pedestrian crossing point as a requirement. To date the developers have not provided this and we are currently actively pursuing this through our enforcement process. Should the developers disregard the Breach of Condition Notice served on them, giving them until December this year to comply we will have no option but to prosecute them.”
Hollington and Wishing Tree county councillor Phil Scott said: “I fully understand and share local residents’ frustration over this matter. The developer was originally content with the planning consent given and of course the conditions that were attached. The development has long been built now but the developer has not fulfilled his part of the bargain, that is funding via a legal agreement for the installation of both traffic calming close to the development and a pedestrian refuge on Queensway. The pedestrian refuge would provide a safe crossing point for residents who wish to access the amenities such as Wishing Tree Reservoir and in the longer term the facilities being provided along the length of the link road. Queensway is a fast-moving road where several fatalities have sadly occurred over its lifetime and any safe crossing point on Queensway would be most welcome.”
Mark Poulton, solicitor representing the developer, said: “The proposed crossing details were submitted to ESCC, approved subject to safety audit, signed off as far as the planning condition was concerned, subject to audit and amended and put to ESCC back in 2012. The response from ESCC to follow-up calls to finalise the specification was that for personal reasons it could not respond. Over a year later ESCC reopened communications and, due to changes to the area and guidance etc it wished to further amend the specification. Our client objected to this on the basis that our client had already been put to the cost of putting the specification through the safety audit and had addressed the issues raised at the time and did not feel that it should be forced to amend the specification due to ESCC’s delay in dealing with the post-safety audit issues. Our client would like to see the crossing installed as soon as possible. Our client’s engineer has arranged a meeting with ESCC on Friday.”