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Changes to Leek road alterations

Phil Bennion MEP with Sarah Gayton and other members of the campaign to save Leek roundabout

Council bosses say it addresses safety concerns

Changes have been announced to road alternations in Leek town centre, just days before work is due to start.

A zebra crossing on Ball Haye Street will now stay, and there'll be a staggered pelican crossing on Haywood Street.

It follows a campaign by residents who raised concerns about safety.

Leek South County Councillor Neal Podmore and Staffordshire Moorlands District Council both championed the views of local residents and businesses to provide the additional crossing.

Neal Podmore said: "These positive changes are essential for growth in Leek. As new investment comes into the town they will help our transport system cope with the extra traffic that this brings.

"Pedestrian safety in the town centre is paramount and I, the district council and local people have long raised the issue of the crossings.

"It is clear that the county council has listened and responded to these concerns, and is working with partners to find the right solution for the town centre.

"We all want a vibrant, thriving town centre both now and in the future and this important scheme is about making Leek an even better place to live, work and do business.”

Sybil Ralphs, Leader of Staffordshire Moorlands District Council, said: "With work set to begin on such important improvements for Leek, I am delighted that the County Council has acted on concerns about the pedestrian crossings.

"I’d like to thank the highways officers and the County Councillors for meeting me at short notice to discuss the crossings and listen to our issues.

"We all share a vision for a thriving Leek and an attractive town centre for people to visit, shop and invest in. This scheme will help make that vision a reality.”

Earlier this week, Staffordshire’s new Lib Dem Euro MP Phil Bennion has warned that there is an ‘overwhelming sense of disconnect’ between public opinion and councils responsible for controversial plans to bulldoze the roundabout in Leek.

Dr Bennion, spoke out after a meeting in Leek with protesters against the scheme.

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