Campaign group welcomes puffin crossing approval at Kirton, near Boston
NEWS that a puffin crossing for Kirton has been approved has been welcomed by a local campaign group.
Lincolnshire County Council has confirmed that an £80,000 scheme to replace the existing zebra crossing on the High Street with a signal controlled puffin crossing has been included in its budget for 2013/14.
Last month, Lee and Louise Sallabanks, mum and stepdad of 10-year-old Megan who was knocked over at the crossing in November, called for tougher safety measures to be put in place.
A Facebook page was also set up by Megan's father Matt King, which attracted more than 320 'likes'.
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Kirton Parish Council were also in support of the campaign.
Council chairman Cllr Alan Lee, said: "The campaign tried to get something done and this is something we have worked really hard on.
"I would like to thank all the people that have helped along the way including the parish council, county councillor Michael Brookes, area highways manager Andy Wharff and Megan's family Leigh and Louise Sallabanks and Matt King."
It is anticipated that work on the crossing will take place during the school summer holidays, once the financial year starts on April 1, when the crossing is not being used as much.
Executive member for highways and transportation at LCC, William Webb, said: "I am delighted to confirm that we will replace the zebra crossing in Kirton and build a new puffin crossing.
"We've listened to local residents, taken on board their concerns about safety and responded accordingly. I think it's great that the community has come together and I'm proud that we've provided a solution that pleases everyone."