Nine Mile Ride crossing campaign at Crowthorne carnivalBy Hugh Fort
July 05, 2012
Petitioners will be out in force at a popular event this weekend to try to get support for their fight for a crossing on a busy road.
Members of Wokingham Without Parish Council want to get either a pedestrian crossing or a crossing island installed in Nine Mile Ride to make access to the Pinewood Centre, where the council is based, easier.
Parish councillors have got around 300 names in support of the project already, but feel they need more support if their petition is going to be taken seriously.
They will be heading to the Crowthorne Carnival at the Morgan Recreation Ground in Wellington Road on Saturday to try to gain support.
The area of the road is part of Crowthorne, but is governed by Wokingham Borough Council, which the campaigners will deliver their petition to.
They have the support of Councillor Pauline Helliar-Symons, who represents the area on the borough council.
They also have the support of Bracknell MP Dr Phillip Lee, who has told them he is ready to help “if and when they need him”.
The parish council had come up with a proposal for a crossing, but the borough council said it was concerned about access to the nearby base of Johnson & Johnson.
The borough council thought it would lead to staff there having problems getting out of the site.
However, the parish council has since identified another spot for the crossing.
Chairman Cllr Phil Metcalf said: “It’s not a high enough percentage of people living here so we’re going to be out and about at Crowthorne Carnival this weekend.
“It’s not so much a dangerous road – it’s a 40mph limit, but people do speed down there.”