Lynne Featherstone has joined the Stroud Green Lib Dem team in launching a campaign to make the pedestrian crossing on Upper Tollington Park (by the junction with Florence Road) safer. The campaign was launched after local residents raised concerns about the speed of traffic on the road and a recent accident near the zebra crossing.
This is a key route for children going to Stroud Green Primary School and many years ago the Council employed a ‘lollipop lady’ to patrol the crossing. However, I’m told that when she retired she was never replaced. So as a first step to make the crossing safer, we are calling for the Council to employ a new crossing patrol person.
Thanks to pressure from Lynne, Ed Butcher and myself, the Council have now agreed to put up more warning signs on the road, and the local police are doing extra speed patrols on the road. However, the real long-term answer is to get the crossing upgraded with traffic lights and measures to slow down the traffic.
To get the Council to take action, we have launched an online petition to demonstrate how strongly local people feel about this issue. Please sign up here.
Everyone I’ve spoken to so far has been extremely supportive of the campaign. In fact, when we took this photo of us launching the campaign, several residents came out of their houses to offer us their backing and tell us their concerns about the traffic. I hope with such strong support we are able to make a difference.