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People power wins the day as crossing opens
PEOPLE power has prevailed after the first permanent pedestrian crossing was opened in Bourton following a 18-month campaign by residents.
As previously reported in the Journal, villagers Ginie and Patrick Moss launched a petition for a crossing to be installed on Station Road outside The Cotswold School in February last year due to road safety concerns.
After presenting a petition of 1,200 signatures to Gloucestershire County Council (GCC) and gaining support from Bourton county councillor Paul Hodgkinson, their hard work has finally paid off.
The parish council contributed £9,000 to the £55,000 project; £1,000 came from Bourton Primary and £2,000 from The Cotswold School while GCC paid the rest.
Mr Moss said it was very satisfying to see the crossing up and running. “I think it just goes to show what can happen when the community gets together,” he said.
Coun Hodgkinson said: “This is such a positive story because so many people in the local community have called for this crossing. The road is used by more than 1,000 pupils on school days, as well as older people living nearby.
“Well done to Mr and Mrs Moss who started the petition and collected 1,100 signatures.
The two schools have been instrumental in making this happen too.
Thanks to Gloucestershire Highways, it’s fantastic that it’s happened so quickly.”
Coun Vernon Smith, cabinet member for highways, said: “This is a great example of how communities can work together with the county council to make improvements in their local area.”
Coun Bryan Sumner, chairman of Bourton Parish Council, said: “It’s something we wanted for a long time. It just took a final push from someone like you [Mr Moss] to get it off the starting blocks.”
But he added that hopefully more funding would come in after the parish council had to make up the £5,000 shortfall of community funding.
“Maybe we will get a little bit more money to contribute to that,” he said.
Final resurfacing around the crossing will be completed in October half-term.
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