Penzance Dad Wins Backing for New Road Crossing next to Queens Hotel

Penzance Dad Wins Backing for New Road Crossing next to Queens Hotel

A Penzance dad’s campaign for a new crossing to the town’s promenade has won the backing of a Cornwall councillor and several Penzance town councillors.

Ben Sidgwick, who is a father to two young children, set up a petition in order to get support for a new crossing near the Queens Hotel.

While there are two crossings on the road already, they are at opposite ends of the street with no safe place to cross in between.

Ben hopes that a new crossing will not only help him and his family to cross the road more safely, but also forge a new link between the promenade and the town centre.

His petition has gathered more than 300 signatures and he has got the backing of Penzance Cornwall councillor Cornelius Olivier.

He said: “I mentioned to family and friends that this would be a good place for a crossing and it all kind of snowballed from there.

“One of my neighbours said that he had asked the question before and was told that there was a need for a crossing and that it could be included in a bigger scheme.

“But I am hoping that with the support we have got we will not have to wait for a bigger scheme but get it put in sooner.”

He said he was “overwhelmed” by the amount of support that he has got for getting a new crossing.

“If you look at the petition it is not just people living here who have signed, but people who have visited or come here on holiday – there is a real need for this crossing,” he said.

“I have been really quite bowled over by the response and it has given me a bit of a feeling of responsibility to make sure it happens now. We are going to have a meeting with highways and Councillor Olivier and see what could be done.

“Not only would the crossing provide a safer place to cross but it could also boost the businesses at this end of town and the road here also links directly into the town centre.”

Ben said he hoped that by the end of June he might know more as to whether the idea could be taken forward.

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