I APPRECIATE the passion with which Ben Cassidy wrote in your paper last week about the campaign for a pedestrian crossing at the junction of Church Road and Uxbridge Road, Hanwell.
When Labour won the Ealing Council election in May, I asked officers to look again at all possible ways in which we might be able to achieve a 'green man' crossing at this junction.
However, we are at a position in which Transport for London (TfL) has rejected the proposals we have put forward, for reasons previously stated.
TfL did agree to fund raised speed tables, which can be delivered in the short term to improve ease of crossing and safety at this junction, if being short of what Mr Cassidy and I would like.
As a council it would be wrong for us to consult on an option which is undeliverable in the short term and unfunded. The consultation clearly states that we can deliver an option which through TfL's own studies has shown a reduction of 21 per cent in collisions on these types of road and will make it easier for those with disabilities and prams, for instance, to cross at these points.
I have offered to place a school crossing patrol officer there, to ensure it is as safe as possible to cross, as safety of our schoolchildren is my top priority.
I would urge Mr Cassidy to perhaps speak to his headteacher colleagues elsewhere in the borough where they have raised tables on routes to their schools, to see whether they feel it has created a danger for their pupils.
If residents wish to throw out an option which delivers a realistic, funded and improved option for
crossing then that is the choice they will have made.
I want to see a 'green man phase' crossing here as much as Mr Cassidy does, but I have to face the facts of the arguments and redouble our efforts to find a workable solution.
I want to harness the energy of this campaign and pool the talents of local people to truly work together as partners to achieve our ultimate aim. If he would like to help be part of that solution, then I would very much welcome his invaluable input.
MAHFOUZ Cabinet member for environment and transport Ealing Council