Thanks to the passion shown by residents, parents, head teachers and school children alike, Bromley Council have performed a U-turn and agreed to tests to re-assess road safety along Village Way. Over the past few weeks, we have pressured the Council on how they intend to conduct those tests and have continued to make sure that they are aware of the strong public support for an improved crossing. It is certainly a step in the right direction that equipment has been installed to monitor speed levels on the junction with Whitmore Road and a commitment has been made to record pedestrian counts at peak times (rather than at off-peak times, as on previous occasions!). New green markings and a pole have also appeared, although the purpose of these remains unknown.
There is, however, still much work to be done to ensure that this initial activity translates into a safe crossing and the Council’s answers to residents' concerns remains deeply unsatisfactory. Their belief is that ‘Village Way does not stand out as being a dangerous road’ and ‘is no different to the majority of other roads in the borough’. This directly contradicts the many testimonials that we have received from people who regularly use this road, be it as a pedestrian or as a car driver.
Whilst we await the decision of the Council’s assessments, we will continue to ask questions and refuse to let this issue lie until a safe crossing is installed.
We have achieved a lot together in a short period of time, but we must continue to share the petition with as many people as possible. The more signatures we receive, the more the Council will have to take notice. If we can reach 2,000 signatures, we will be able to present our case directly to the Council’s Environment Committee.