MEMBERS of the public are being encouraged to have their say on a proposed pedestrian crossing in Lyme Regis.
The puffin crossing will be sited in Broad Street, between the Pug & Puffin and Joules stores, creating a safe place to cross in the town centre but resulting in the loss of up to seven or eight car parking spaces.
The town council first pushed for a pedestrian crossing to improve safety in the town centre in 2016, with more than 600 residents signing a petition.
Dorset County Council then approved the scheme and assigned money in its budget for this financial year, but after returning to the town council with more specific plans, members expressed concerns over the position of the crossing and the loss of too many car parking spaces.
Dorset County Council is now advertising a traffic regulation order, to change parking and waiting restrictions in Broad Street to allow for the puffin crossing, and members of the public can respond to the consultation up until July 27.
The traffic order currently being advertised will reduce the existing limited waiting on the northern side of Broad Street and the no waiting at any time and no loading/unloading between the hours of 10.30am to 1pm and 2pm to 5pm, June 1 to September 30, on the southern side to provide space for a new puffin crossing, which the county council says will “provide a safe and secure light controlled crossing on the busy A3052 in the town centre”.
Relevant exemptions will apply where appropriate and as necessary in accordance with the provisions of the order.
Comments of support or objection would be welcome before the closing date of July 27. To view the full details of the traffic order or to make a comment, visit https://bit.ly/2m1Hgl2