Greetwell Parish Council has been tirelessly asking the Lincolnshire County Council for a pedestrian crossing across the busy A158 coast road for the last 13 years following a request in July 2010 from a resident who was finding it difficult to get across the road safely after getting off the bus.
Since then, ‘Request for Pedestrian Crossing – update’ has been an agenda item for Parish Council meetings too many times to count! However, with persistence and not letting the issue rest for long the Parish Council has, along with the assistance from District and County Councillors and support from the local MP, at last achieved its aim when the Puffin Crossing was officially opened on Saturday 17th June.
Councillors and residents met at the crossing to ‘officially’ cut the ribbon and declare the crossing open, celebrating this fantastic achievement which is instrumental in helping ensure the safety of residents.
Greetwell Parish Council Chairman John Taylor said, “This is a great day for the residents of North Greetwell, it has provided a safe link with the whole village. People can cross the road and catch the bus without wondering if they can get back to their home address.
“The traffic levels are still atrocious but perhaps the County Council can address this with some improvements at the roundabout, as the situation has definitely got worse since the Eastern bypass opened.
“This crossing now provides the initial link between Cherry Willingham and Nettleham when utilising sustainable means of transport. One day we may even get a footpath/cycleway to Lodge Lane on the north side of the A158 – that is certainly something Greetwell Parish Council will be pursuing.”