Crossing gets go-ahead on Colne danger road

THUMBS UP: County Coun. John Fillis with Coun. Ann Kerrigan Lesley Colbeck and County Coun. Azhar Ali (S)
THUMBS UP: County Coun. John Fillis with Coun. Ann Kerrigan Lesley Colbeck and County Coun. Azhar Ali (S)

Councillors and residents are celebrating success as it is confirmed a zebra crossing will be installed on a busy Colne road where a mum and son were knocked down.

Lesley Colbeck (50), a welfare assistant at Park Primary School, launched a petition after Emma Matthews and her son Leighton were struck by a car while crossing Skipton Road, close to the junction with Russell Avenue, in 2012.

Emma suffered a fractured pelvis and a fractured spine, and Leighton was taken to hospital with a broken femur and scratches on his head.

Lesley gathered more than 500 signatures in just two weeks, and has since attended meetings and spoken to councillors and local MP Andrew Stephenson in the hope of making the route safer.

She said it is a wonder “somebody has not been killed”, but that she is pleased to hear LCC have finally agreed to install a crossing and put an end to residents’ concerns.

The mum-of-six and grandma-of-six said: “We sent the petition off and I attended a meeting with LCC at the town hall, but nothing further happened.

“There have been so many near misses on that road and something needs to be done.

“I don’t feel safe crossing there, and most of the time I go down to the other crossing, but a lot of the older children go straight across near the park - how somebody has not been killed so far, I don’t know.

“I am glad it’s been given the green light, but I think it has taken an awful long time for it to get this far. It is a big relief.

“I think the crossing needs to be between the park entrance and the little corner shop at the bottom.”

County Coun. John Fillis, LCC’S cabinet member for highways, said he was asked to come and visit the site by County Coun. Azhar Ali one year ago.

He said: “He put a strong and compelling case to support a crossing on this very busy road. [Recently] I came and met with local campaigners to give the go ahead.

“Our engineers will now engage in a consultation on the siting of the crossing with local residents in the coming months.”

County Coun. Ali added: “I am delighted that this long awaited crossing has got the green light. Residents have been campaigning for this for a few years.

“I want to particularly thank Lesley Colbeck, Ann Marie Wrigley and Coun. Ann Kerrigan for all their support and cooperation to get this over the line. This is brilliant news for local residents and will help improve road safety of the children crossing to get to school.”