Penzance stores 'should pay for new pedestrian crossing'
THE emergence of a third pedestrian crossing in a 400-yard stretch along the A30 at Eastern Green has enraged a Penzance man who says it is in the wrong place.
Work has now started on a crossing just to the east of the new roundabout feeding the Sainsbury's store.
But John Gamlin, who lives at Chyandour Cliff, Penzance, said it would have made much more sense to locate a new crossing to the west of the Tesco roundabout.
"There will now be three crossings in the 500 to 600 yards between the B&Q and Tesco roundabouts," he said.
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"But if you want to cross the road anywhere between the bottom of Market Jew Street and the Tesco roundabout, you have to risk it.
"It really seems that the car is king in Penzance."
Mr Gamlin has campaigned for a pedestrian crossing on the Penzance side of Tesco for several years and believes that the money spent on installing the new crossing at the Sainsbury's roundabout would be much better spent on installing one closer to Penzance.
Mr Gamlin is supported in his argument by the Heamoor and Gulval Cornwall councillor Mario Fonk, who believes that Tesco and Sainsbury's should combine to fund another crossing.
"I have been very concerned about pedestrian movement along Chyandour to Tesco, it is very poor and I think that pedestrians lives are at risk," he said.
"I have for years been campaigning for a controlled crossing in that area. As part of the future Town Framework, the transport planning engineers have identified that this roundabout needed improvements. As I understand it, the only thing that is stopping us having the crossing is funding.
"I personally think that Tesco and Sainsbury's should put aside any competitive issues that they might have and jointly fund the controlled crossing – after all thousands of people will be using both stores and the money for the crossing will be a small drop in the ocean for them.
"There has lately been a lot of criticisms aimed at out-of-town supermarkets, this will be a golden opportunity for the stores to show that they support the local community.