Campaign for pedestrian crossing over busy road
A town councillor is campaigning for a pedestrian crossing to built at a busy road in Bury St Edmunds in honour of his friend who was run over almost 40 years ago.
Councillor Paul Hopfensperger wants a proper crossing installed on Beetons Way, arguing the road is used by hundreds of children making their way to and from school.
Cllr Hopfensperger has notified the county council’s highways department of his and fellow residents’ concerns and has offered to give some of his town council locality budget for the scheme.
He has also asked whether the future crossing could be named after his childhood friend, who died at the crossing 37 years ago.
He said: “I had a very good friend called Paul Green who was cycling up there way back when and he unfortunately fell off his bike and was run over by a lorry.
“He was killed instantly, he was only 16. It was awful.”
Cllr Hopfensperger said he was also concerned about a bus stop very close to the crossing point.
“I was absolutely horrified by the number of kids standing by the crossing waiting for their bus,” he said.
“It is an appalling situation.”
Vicky Neale, headteacher of County Upper School, said the crossing was used by a lot school children.
Geoff Barton, headteacher at King Edward VI School, also welcomed the campaign.
He said: “I would strongly support Paul in his campaign and the more we can do to make our roads safer the better.”