Unfinished Sidmouth crossing danger

A PARTIALLY installed zebra crossing in Sidford Road, is being used by school children, despite the lack of poles and beacons.

A PARTIALLY installed zebra crossing in Sidford Road, is being used by school children, despite the lack of poles and beacons.

The mother of a nine-year-old daughter, living in Primley Road, alerted the Sidmouth Herald to the dangerous state of the crossing, which has only one warning sign on the road side leading into Sidmouth.

Lucy Perry said: "The crossing has been there for two weeks, with no sign to tell drivers coming out of town it is not in use. When is it going to be finished? I am worried about children's safety."

On Wednesday morning students from both Sidmouth College and children from the local junior and infant schools were seen using the zebra crossing, near Clayhill Lane, to cross the busy Sidford Road.

Cars stopped, despite the unfinished state of the crossing.

Sidmouth/Sidford Devon County Councillor Stuart Hughes, who is also cabinet member for Highways and Transportation, had pushed hard for the crossing.

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He said: "Unfortunately an irresponsible person has removed one of the warning signs on the approach to the crossing and we will be replacing this sign as soon as possible.

"Illuminated poles and beacons have been ordered and will be installed shortly and we will send the safety team to the location to see if further safety precautions can be put in the place in the meantime.

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