The county council’s willingness to re-instate a pedestrian crossing in Warwick’s High Street is still a bone of contention among town councillors.
Many were angry when the original zebra crossing close to the junction with Castle Street was removed. Members of the Guide Dogs for the Blind were also upset while the Royal National Institute for the Blind was preparing to take legal action.
The county’s decision to consult on the replacement of the old zebra crossing with a more sophisticated ‘puffin’ crossing - which senses pedestrians standing nearby - has pleased most groups.
But the county’s proposals to site the new crossing further down High Street, closer to the junction with Swan Street, has led to accusations that the town council’s views are once again not being taken into account.
Cllr Trudy Offer wanted to know why the crossing could not remain in its original place and warned that county council officers risked getting it wrong, yet again.
Cllr Mandy Littlejohn pointed out that moving the crossing further down the street would result in two loading or parking bays being lost. County and town councillor John Holland said public consultation was until September 27 although it was unlikely the crossing would be replaced until January.
Guide Dogs spokesman Terry Smith said: “We will look at the location but are so pleased the crossing will be replaced. The two most important things are cear sight views for motorists and clear roadmarking delineation.”