Deadline arrives for objections against Long Rock pedestrian closure
Today is the final day for objections to be made against the closing of the Mexico Inn pedestrian crossing at Long Rock.
Cornwall Council ordered that the crossing should be closed permanently following advice from Cornwall’s deputy coroner after the death of Jeanette Nicholls in 2011.
The closure of the crossing in December last year led to a backlash from local residents who complained that the loss of the thoroughfare forced pedestrians to use more dangerous routes along the road.
Campaign group Friends of Long Rock Mexico Crossing (FLRMC) was set up to oppose the closure and have so far submitted more than 90 objections to the council’s plans.
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Rob Nance, chairman of FLRMC, said: ‘If Cornwall Council doesn’t revoke its Extinguishment Order, it’ll have to deal with lady pensioners sitting on the railway line. My neighbours are not joking, there is still a lot of frustrated anger here.”
While objections remain in place the order to extinguish part of the footpath, made under Section 118A of the Highways Act 1980, cannot be confirmed and will have to be sent to the Secretary of State for approval.
Mr Nance said that everyone in the committee hoped that the issue would be resolved before it got to that stage.