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Stafford's Rowley Park - call for action on pedestrian safety

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: August 17, 2014

Stafford's Rowley Park - call for action on pedestrian safety

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IMPROVEMENTS to Stafford’s Rowley Park have made access more dangerous for pedestrians, a councillor has warned.

There was no pavement on the access road to a new overspill car park, forcing pedestrians, including families with buggies and young children, mingle with traffic on the road, Councillor Stephen O’Connor told the borough’s community services scrutiny committee.

“The improvements to Rowley Park are very welcome and have increased its use by all sorts of organisations, but that is partly where the problem lies,” Councillor O’Conor said.

“”There are more vehicles using the overspill car park, and pedestrians using that route into the park, but the road is quite narrow and there is no footpath.

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“My concern is that it is an accident waiting to happen, and we need to find ways of making it safer.”

Councillor Geoff Rowlands added: “I have driven a car down there and I have noticed that if there are children about it is a problem.”

Head of leisure and culture Adam Hill told the committee that council staff would visit the site and see what improvements could be made for pedestrians.

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