Q: WHAT’S the difference between these two pedestrian crossings?
A: About £20,000, according to council bosses.
Campaigners in Pool have fought for more than two decades to transform a “dangerous” zebra crossing on Fore Street into a signal-controlled puffin crossing.
Heartlands gave more than £30,000 to fund the changes two years ago but now Cornwall Council said an additional £20,000 was needed for the project to go ahead – and it does not have the money in the budget.
Local people and councillors said the crossing was needed sooner rather than later because there was an issue with speeding motorists in the area.
Carn Brea Parish Council member Barbara Fielder thought it was a “disgraceful” amount of money, saying: “I just don’t understand how it can cost that much.
“Cornwall Council did plan to move the crossing closer to a roundabout, but that would not help the issue of safety.
“I have seen people almost get hit by cars on Fore Street and this is supposed to stop that.”
Councillor Charles Bickford, of Carn Brea Parish Council, said: “I am sure you can build a small bungalow for that amount; isn’t it just putting the poles in place and sorting the electrics?
“It is vital for public safety. It’s a kick in the teeth.”
In a letter to West Briton, Ken Lane wrote: “What I find hard to understand, is that the pedestrian crossing is already there with an electricity supply going to it, and surely all it needs are new poles with a set of traffic lights on them.
“For this to cost allegedly £50,000 is a nonsense or have they spent the original £30,000 on something else?”
A spokesman for Cornwall Council said it had planned to move the zebra crossing but the parish council and local community had not agreed to the plans. The council said it then decided to upgrade the zebra crossing to a puffin crossing.
The spokesman said: “Unfortunately, delivering that alternative design has now been costed in the region of £50,000 and so exceeds the current budget.
“We are reviewing other project budgets and talking to external funders to identify other potential sources to meet the shortfall in the budget.”