RESIDENTS in South Ockendon have been celebrating the switch on of a pedestrian crossing after a long campaign.
Local pensioner Dolly Milton, 87, whose late husband was one of the initial campaigners, and youngster Henry Hedges, five, were joined by ward councillors who had battled for the crossing and other residents, for a ceremonial event on Monday.
Two petitions were presented to the Council requesting a crossing in this area. The first requested a Zebra Crossing and this was refused due to the proximity of the bus stop.
Clr Wendy Curtis, who played a key role in the campaign with fellow Belhus councillors husband Charlie and Cllr Sue Gray, said: “A second petition prompted the Highways Dept to look at an alternative and agreed to a Pelican Crossing which we have today. “