Councils could pledge extra £100,000 to A141 safety scheme
AN EXTRA £100,000 could be put into the pot to ensure a light-controlled crossing is built on the Huntingdon road where teenager Warren Hay was killed. So far, Huntingdon town, Huntingdon district and Cambridgeshire county councils have between them pled
AN EXTRA £100,000 could be put into the pot to ensure a light-controlled crossing is built on the Huntingdon road where teenager Warren Hay was killed.
So far, Huntingdon town, Huntingdon district and Cambridgeshire county councils have between them pledged £300,000 to provide a safe crossing.
But with the work estimated to cost up to £400,000, there was going to be a shortfall.
However, The Hunts Post understands that Huntingdon Town Council is ready to up its £50,000 pledge and spark larger grants from both the district and county.
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Surveys have already been taking place on the A141 where 16-year-old Warren was killed by a car last May as he made his way to Jubilee Park.
A campaign to improve safety for people crossing the road was launched by Warren's mother, Maxine Hay, gathering support from 10,000 people.
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The campaign has also found continuing support among the councils and tomorrow (Thursday) Huntingdon Town Council is expected to increase its commitment to the scheme by upping its contribution by 50 per cent.
The decision will be made by the council's leisure and community services committee.
Huntingdon Town Councillor David Dransfield said: "We will be discussing at our meeting whether to increase the £50,000 we have already agreed to give.
"Creating this safety scheme and subsequent path is important in creating a safe link for our youngsters to enjoy playing sports at Jubilee Park."
If they go ahead it is understood that Huntingdonshire District Council will match the town council's contribution.
Councillor Ian Bates, leader of HDC, said: "I am glad that we can all work together to improve this junction. We have listened to residents and these extra funds that we are all pledging should make this scheme a reality."
Once HDC's increased contribution has been agreed the county will increase its funding from £200,000 to £250,000.
Cambridgeshire County Councillor Matt Bradney, cabinet member for growth and infrastructure, said: "This scheme has been fast-tracked and it has been made possible by the councils working together."
He added: "Once funding once been confirmed I look forward to this scheme being built."
Work has already started on surveying the junction for the detailed design work and talks are due to start soon on ways of creating a path to Jubilee Park.
Mrs Hay, who heads the Warren Hay Road Safety Action Group, said the increased funding is great news.
She told The Hunts Post: "We are all really chuffed. We've been waiting for something to happen and it's great that it now looks like all the money will be pledged. It has been so near yet so far and we needed this final push, which seemed to take so long.
"I'm happy that all the councils have taken our concerns onboard in terms of safety to and from Jubilee Park and that real progress is now being made.