WORCESTERSHIRE County Council’s cabinet member for infrastructure has issued a response to calls for a pedestrian crossing in Evesham High Street.

The Evesham Journal has previously reported on the calls for a crossing that originally began after the tragic death of a local man in October 2014, who died trying to cross the road by St Egwins’ Club.

A petition from local residents, including elderly residents from Homesmith House, was also launched with a plea for a crossing to be installed.

Evesham Town councillors Jo Sandalls and Robert Raphael have been fighting the campaign and have vowed to continue it until a crossing is installed.

Cllr Sandalls said: "“We want to assure residents that this application is still very much in hand, and we will keep pressing for a crossing to be installed. The issue has not gone away.”

And Cllr Raphel added: "Worcestershire County Council, the highways authority, has agreed, in principle that a crossing is necessary at some point along this stretch of road."

Councillor Ken Pollock, cabinet member with responsibility for economy and infrastructure, said: “We have assessed the need for a pedestrian crossing somewhere along High Street in Evesham and found that one could be warranted. However, due to the number of side roads and other access points, in combination with on-street parking, it will make finding a suitable location for such a crossing difficult, if not impossible.

“As part of the Worcestershire Local Transport Plan 4, we are looking into the parking strategy and it is our intention to launch this important piece of work soon. This could include a change to the provision on High Street, which in turn could free up some space that might make a crossing feasible. We know the strongest calls for a crossing facility are coming from local schools in the area and this is why we already have a school crossing patrol in operation there.”

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