County Councillor for Cookley, Wolverley and Wribbenhall Ian Hardiman, is pleased that he has been able to utilise a large proportion of his devolved Divisional Fund on two safety projects, one in Cookley the other in Wolverley.
In Cookley, residents of The Crescent had safety concerns regarding a small roundabout at an internal junction where often, drivers mistakenly were turning into the inner road on the wrong side of the road.
County Councillor Ian Hardiman called for attention by the Highways Engineer who agreed to attend a meeting with residents when it was agreed to re-configure the junction by removing the roundabout and extending the corner verge here. However, Highways Department’s budget would not cover the cost of this but fortunately, Ian was able to draw down £29,500 from his Fund to ensure swift attention and completion in the interests of safety.
In Wolverley, Ian responded positively to Safety concerns raised by the Head Teacher of the Secondary School regarding children, especially when leaving school, wandering onto the highway opposite the school access gateway. Ian called in the Highways Design Team who liaised with the Head Teacher to produce a project including pavement railings, bollards, a new gate, highway resurfacing, signage and a crossing point.
However, Ian was told that Highways Department’s budget would not be able to cover the cost of this in the near future but Ian decided to step-in and was pleased he could utilise £15,000 from his Fund to allow immediate commencement and completion as a necessary priority. Ian is pleased that the now completed project has provided the added safety protection requested by the Head Teacher for local children.