What you see is Brigsteer Road at the junction with Brigsteer Rise. The new junction is rapidly taking shape so this moment is critical. Constructing a needful continuous pavement on the direct route to Scout Scar is a simple step which would keep walkers safe. And it would enhance the look of the approach to Brigsteer Rise.
' I see that a broad tarmac footpath has now been installed within the building site. I think it is indefensible that the builders have completed this before installing an equivalent footpath up Brigsteer road.'
There's time to rectify the situation, if HIghways work in close collaboration with Story Homes and act fast. Unfortunately, this hasn't been the case since February when roadworks associated with the site began here. Stuart Braithwaite, Highway Network, says
'We are aware that there is a request from residents to have the footway extended to the Stainbank Green jucntion to link with the existing footway along Brigsteer Road. This however, is outside of the scope of which the developer has to delivery(sic) as part of there 9sic) site. They should have requested the improvement during the planning process so that it could have been considered before the planning was granted.'
I have twice made clear that a continuous pavement along the Brigsteer Road was requested, both verbally and in writing, at development-brief consultations in March 2014. We believed our request would be implemented in planning.
Peter comments that the need should have been obvious to planners, even without a specific request 'It would tie in with the 'orphan' piece of footpath over the Kendal Bypass.' In a blog comment he poses a question that demands an answer.
'If it is financially viable to remove so much limestone to level an inherently unsuitable site to allow this development, surely the cost of a sorely needed footpath should not be prohibitive to the developers. Was there no Section 106 requirement to do this? If not, why not?'
We'd all like an answer to Peter's question please.
The issue of pedestrian safety along the Brigsteer Road needs to be addressed and resolved. Better in every way, and less expensive, for it to be done now.
To hear the voices of local residents read
To Brigsteer Rise, Pedestrians Beware