Cllr Julian Ware-Lane believes that the pedestrian crossing at the Cliffs Pavilion, installed by the previous administration, is a flawed system. There is a north-south crossing that links the site of the old Beecroft Art Gallery with the Cliffs Pavilion, and this traverses a large triangular traffic island.
"I raised it at the time, have mentioned it since, and am raising it again - this crossing is inadequate", says Cllr Ware-Lane.
Cllr Ware-Lane wanted a third exit from the triangular traffic island, running east-west across Westcliff Avenue. "This was ruled out as dangerous, yet if it is dangerous with a crossing, what is it like to cross without a crossing?" asks Julian.
Cllr Ware-Lane believes that good signage warning of people crossing would make it safe. This is a popular area for pedestrians, of all ages and the crossing adequately services those travelling from either the north or south, but leaves those from the east with a very tricky and potentially dangerous conundrum. Those who are not so fleet of foot literally take their life in their hands when negotiating this busy road junction.
Cllr Ware-Lane also criticises the choice of plants. "I am told that these are too tall and partially obstruct the view of on-coming traffic for those vehicles approaching this area from the west. There is also the question of why indigenous bee-friendly plants were not used. With bee species under threat in the UK, the Council should be setting an example through its choice of plant species."