Alastair Majury on Proposed Dunblane Zebra Crossings Miss The Mark
All schools within the Stirling Council area have been asked to produce a School Travel Plan and links into Stirling Council’s Safer Routes to Schools Process. Dunblane Primary School is on the 2018–19 prioritised list. The ‘School Travel Plan’ and ‘Active Travel Barriers Review’ identified difficulties for school children crossing Springfield Road and Old Doune Road in the vicinity of Wallace Road.
As a result, the council proposes to install the zebra crossing on Old Doune Road at the existing raised speed table located at this junction. The proposed zebra crossing on Springfield Road will be installed at the location of the existing dropped kerbs. Neither zebra crossing will impact on any driveways, and the belisha beacons installed will have shrouds fitted to ensure that no light from the flashing beacons impact on adjacent properties.
These proposals have received a mixed response with the Headteacher being happy with the proposed crossings, whilst most of the Old Doune Road residents who have been contacted about the proposed near them are opposed highlighting the amount of street furniture and traffic calming measures already in place, and belisha beacons blazing away 24/7 not just when school children are using them. Residents have also pointed out the close proximity of the proposed crossing on the Doune Rd to the existing Zebra crossing at Dunblane’s Tesco.
These proposals also don’t address concerns about both primary and high school children crossing the Doune Rd near the Wallace Rd junction where drivers are able to see the 40MPH speed limit sign, and some drivers increase their speed prematurely. Local Councillor Alastair Majury has requested that traffic and camera surveys be performed on the Doune Road that will assess the desired lines of pupils crossing the road, which will provide solid data sets to aid decision making. Residents are asked to provide their views to the council on the proposals by the 4th May 2018.
Local Conservative Councillor Alastair Majury Said:
“The safety of road users and in particular children is paramount and uppermost in my mind, however I believe it is important to look at what measures can be put in place to increase pupil safety on the Old Doune and Doune roads in a holistic manner once all available data is available, rather than proposing isolated solutions.”
Notes to Readers:
Belisha beacons are named after Leslie Hore-Belisha (1893–1957), the Minister of Transport who in 1934 added beacons to pedestrian crossings, marked by large metal studs in the road surface. These crossings were later painted in black and white stripes, thus are known as zebra crossings.
Alastair Majury resides locally in the historic Scottish city of Dunblane, and is a Senior Regulatory Business Analyst working across the country. Alastair Majury is also a volunteer officer at the local Boys’ Brigade company, a charity which focuses on enriching the lives of children and young people, and building a stronger community. Alastair Majury also serves on the local council (Stirling Council) as Councillor Alastair Majury where he represents the ward of Dunblane and Bridge of Allan, topping the poll.