Crossing provision is not black and white

David Jackson previously expressed concern about Leslie crossings.
David Jackson previously expressed concern about Leslie crossings.

THEY are meant to keep people safe, but people in the Glenrothes area appear to be becoming increasingly ‘cross’ about crossings, reports MIKE DELANEY.

It doesn’t seem to be so much that people don’t want them - in contrast to the road humps which so anger drivers - but believe they are either being put in the wrong places, or are not fit for purpose for their locations, or are not prioritised properly.

Some local people have called for changes to the crossing which serves Pitcoudie Primary School.

Some local people have called for changes to the crossing which serves Pitcoudie Primary School.

Earlier this year, there was criticism when Glenrothes Area Committee gave the go-ahead to a zebra crossing on Douglas Road being raised in height because drivers were not slowing down, or failing to stop altogether when people were trying to cross.

David Jackson, whose wife Katherine was badly injured and dog killed in an accident earlier this year, said he would have preferred the High Street crossing where the accident happened to be dealt with first.

He also called for all crossings in the town to be modelled on the one at Greenside, which is a Pelican rather than a Zebra.

The latest to enter the fray is local woman, Cheryl Ann Crombie, who believes that providing a crossing in a ‘quiet’ part of north Glenrothes, rather than outside a school seemed to make little sense.

In a post to our Facebook site, she asked: “Any ideas as to why there is a new raised crossing at Balfarg at the Gilvenbank Park area, but the one at Pitcoudie Primary remains flat and there is no traffic control for the ignorant drivers who don’t stop for our school children.

“A return of a school crossing patrol officer was point blank refused, so they were then asked about installing lights or raising the crossing.

“It’s the only school crossing in Glenrothes unattended and one of a few in Fife.”

Another reader, who does not want to be named, has raised concerns about the crossing near the Bus Station and taxi rank which they said had become dangerous because of lack of maintenance.

“I was crossing there and a tax almost knocked me down.

“I got the taxi driver to tell him off and he said ‘what crossing’?

“Please get the white lines painted.”