Canford Lane crossing: the campaign continues

Published on: 31 Aug 2017

Campaigners were disappointed by Mayor Marvin Rees’s lukewarm response to last month’s questions at a full council meeting about the need for a crossing on Canford Lane; however, one local resident, Nicola Hawkes, won’t be giving up that easily. 

Nicola says: “We have a lot of elderly people living in the area who struggle across the road; it's a task that requires a jog. 

“Families with young children want to spend time in our lovely Canford Park, but crossing the road is a nightmare experience for them.  

“As our children get older we want them to be able to go on their own, yet there is no safe place to cross an extremely busy road.

“Visitors arriving by bus to the cemetery or to attend a service at the crematorium have to dodge traffic to get to their destination. 

“It’s a road with an accident waiting to happen. And when my time comes to leave this mortal world I'd like to ride the crematorium in a hearse, not on the front of someone's bumper!”

Fellow Canford Lane resident  Fran Shackell has set up a petition for a safe crossing on the city council website which is gathering signatures. To trigger a debate at a full council meeting 3,000 signatures are needed.  

You can find the petition at:

“In addition to the petition, we have set up a Facebook group called @canfordlanecrossing with news about future events.

“We are organising two protest days on 25th and 27th September when we plan to count the number of cars going up and down Canford Lane – to demonstrate to the Mayor and the city council how serious the problem is, and to underline that we won’t be giving up until they deliver a crossing for us. 

"We shall present our findings to them at a full council meeting in the autumn,” said Fran.

“If you’d like to support our campaign, please sign our petition and show your support and share your news and campaigning ideas on social media. 

“Better still, get in touch and come along to support our protest days in September and help us count cars.  

"We can be contacted via Facebook or call or text 07980 191933.”

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