A COUNCILLOR fears a tragic accident could occur at a pedestrian crossing if its visibility is not improved.
Cllr Ian Peters, deputy mayor at Buckley Town Council, said foliage screening a warning light at the crossing, as well as a lack of white lines on the road surface, could prove fatal.
Cllr Peters said the lines are yet to be replaced after Flintshire Council workers resurfaced Church Road. He is calling for them to be repainted and is also making a plea to housing developers Redrow, who are building houses on a site next to the crossing, to cut back bushes obscuring one of the roadside crossing lamp.
“Somebody needs to do something sharpish because this is a health and safety issue,” he said.
“Children will be returning to school in a couple of weeks and the dark nights will begin drawing in so visibility really does need improving sooner rather than later.
“The pelican crossing is positioned in a bad place as it is - on a sharp bend - so visibility is vital to avoid a tragic accident.
“Anyone approaching the crossing from St Matthew’s Church will have difficulty recognising the crossing as it stands.”
Cllr Peters said there have been “several near misses” at the spot in recent years, even when the visibility of the crossing has not been restricted.
He wants to see the situation improved before tragedy strikes.
Both the council and Redrow have now promised to take action in the next couple of weeks.
Steve Jones, head of Streetscene at Flintshire Council said: “The council has recently completed carriageway patching works along Church Road in Buckley.
“The road markings along this road are programmed to be relaid as required during the later part of next week, weather permitting.”
Redrow plc is currently working on a housing development at a site adjacent to the road from where the overgrown foliage is obscuring the light on the crossing.
A spokesman for the company, which is based on St David's Park in Ewloe, said: “We will be trimming back the landscaping on Church Road before the end of this month to ensure the pedestrian crossing lights are fully visible."