Zebra black and white issue for councillors

David Jackson, whose wife was badly injured and dog killed, at a zebra crossing.
David Jackson, whose wife was badly injured and dog killed, at a zebra crossing.
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A LESLIE zebra crossing is to be raised in height in a bid to stop potentially fatal accidents, reports MIKE DELANEY.

The move has been backed by local councillors in the wake of recent incidents in the town, including one where a woman was badly hurt and her dog killed.

In a report to Glenrothes Area Committee, traffic management lead officer, Ian B. Smith, said: “There are regular reports of vehicles failing to stop for pedestrians at the zebra crossing on Douglas Road.

“The raising of crossings has improved the situation at other locations, hence the proposed use of the measure at this location.”

One objection had been received, claiming that traffic would avoid the back-up of vehicles at the crossing by diverting along Mansefield and the Haul Road, but Mr Smith added: “Evidence from other crossings where this design has been used indicate that raising the crossing should not results in tailbacks.

Last month, a woman was seriously hurt and her dog killed at an incident at a separate crossing in Leslie.

Councillor Kay Morrison said “Everybody is aware of the incident, the fairly horrifying incident:

“People are anxious about this crossing too, especially because of the fact that vehicles don’t slow down, or don’t stop at all.

“While there has been an one objection the most important issue for us and for those who ask that something should be done is safety - safety is of paramount importance.

“The community has been shocked about what has happened recently and I believe a raised crossing could help.”

Cllr Bill Kay raised concerns about the noise which would result from the heavy lorries which use Leslie High Street bumping over the crossing, but Mr Smith assured him: “In terms of thuds and bumps, it would be minimal.”

The committee agreed to overturn the objection and back the raising of the crossing.

David Jackson, whose wife Katherine was the woman hurt in the accident, said he would have preferred the High Street crossing to be dealt with first.

But he added: “They should do all the crossings in the town, but rather than it being raised, it would be better to model them on the one at Greenside, which I think is classed as a Pelican rather than a zebra.”