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Leek road junction plan to go before planning committee once more

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: June 04, 2014

By Leslie Jackson

The St Edward and Church Street junction where traffic is set to be monitored for the next three years, but a pedestrian crossing will be erected in the area within the next 12 months if planning approval is given this Thursday.

The St Edward and Church Street junction where traffic is set to be monitored for the next three years, but a pedestrian crossing will be erected in the area within the next 12 months if planning approval is given this Thursday.

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AFTER months of wrangling a new pedestrian crossing is set to be created on a busy main route leading into Leek.

A decision on a controversial planning application, to delete agreed work at the St Edward and Church Street junction, will once again be put before a planning committee this Thursday, June 5.

At the March meeting of Staffordshire Moorlands District Council's planning applications committee, members agreed to defer an application by Sainsbury's to delete a condition involving work at the junction to enable more talks to go ahead with the supermarket regarding a pedestrian crossing being installed nearby.

The scheme is part of the original planning permission gained by Sainsbury's in December 2010 to redevelop the nearby Churnet Works, off Macclesfield Road.

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This included the right turn into St Edward Street from Mill Street being blocked, and a pedestrian crossing installed in Church Street.

Now, in a report to members, planners say a pedestrian crossing could be delivered separately.

A report said: "The pedestrian crossing on Church Street can be delivered in isolation from the right turn restriction.

"The county council would look to install this new crossing within the next 12 months.

"Further monitoring of the St Edward and Church Street junction would still need to take place as there may be a requirement for the right turn to be implemented if the monitoring identifies delays and congestion."

"The local highways authority advises that the county council will undertake the periodic monitoring of the junction over a three year period. If these surveys establish that the original 2010 traffic thresholds are reached over this period and congestion and delay is observed, then the county council will undertake to implement the junction improvement and/or appropriate mitigating measures using monies already secured from the applicant.

"With the commitment from the highways authority to implement the pedestrian crossing in the next 12 months and to continue the monitor the junction for three years and intervene if necessary, it is considered that Condition 50 can be amended in the manner requested by the applicant."

A letter of objection to the proposal states that queuing and associated pollution are a regular occurrence at the junction.

The objector also states that there are reservations about the restricted right turn's proposal and suggested a mini roundabout may solve the problem.

Two months ago a coroner called on council chiefs to look at installing a pedestrian crossing and better lighting in the area after the death of a Leek pensioner.

Harold Henshall was crossing Church Street following an evening church service on February 17 last year when he was knocked down by a car.

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