Conservation group back Long Rock crossing campaign
A LEADING British conservation group have slated Cornwall Council’s decision to close the pedestrian crossing at Long Rock.
The Open Spaces Society, Britain's oldest conservational body, is backing the campaign by Friends of Long Rock Mexico Crossing (FLRMC) to keep the ancient crossing at Mexico Inn open for the public.
The society disagrees with Cornwall Council and Network Rail’s claims that the railway crossing is unsafe.
Kate Ashbrook, from Open Spaces Society, said: “There is little if any evidence that the crossing is unsafe. The council has made no comparison with the danger of the alternative route, the busy narrow Marazion road, which walkers would be forced to use if the crossing were closed.
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“Walkers use the crossing regularly, at all times of year, and it is immensely important to the people of Long Rock and visitors from further afield, providing a direct route to and from the beach.”
A campaign by FLRMC has gained significant backing from the community in Long Rock since the crossing was closed in 2012 on a coroner’s recommendation following a fatal accident.
Chairman of FLRMC, Rob Nance, said the support they have received from outside Cornwall has given their campaign a much needed boost.
“We are really glad that such a big organisation is supporting us. The Ramblers Association also support us, as well as lots of ex-residents of Long Rock and even holidaymakers. It all helps our campaign,” he said.
Objections to the order must be sent to Cornwall Council by Friday September 19.
So far more than 90 objections have been made.