PLANS for a 'Puffin' crossing close to a Knutsford primary school have been put on hold after 'several objections', according to the borough council.

The Guardian has featured numerous articles over the past four years about the problems facing pupils at Bexton Primary School on Blackhill Lane as they attempt to arrive at school.

An increase in the levels of traffic around the school has led to rising levels of concern about the safety of children crossing Blackhill Lane and Bexton Lane.

A working group was set up by the school to look into measures and a petition was created in 2011 to try to force the council into installing a crossing.

And in May 2014, the school sent a letter where it announced that it would be trying a new method of making Blackhill Lane safer by moving the cars over and parking on the other side of the road.

But last week it seemed plans to enable children safer had taken a positive turn, with news that highways officers at Cheshire East Council had come up with a plan to install a 'Puffin' crossing – push-button operated – close to the problem area.

However, those plans could be in jeopardy after it emerged the council had received 'several objections' to the proposal.

The Guardian asked what those objections were but had not received a reply from the authority at the time of going to press.

A spokesperson for Cheshire East Council said: “The council has received several objections to the proposals for a Puffin crossing outside the school on Blackhill Lane, which are currently being considered by our highways team.

“As yet, no final decision has been made on the proposals. Whatever the outcome of the decision, the safety of children travelling to and from school is of paramount importance to the council.”

Bexton Primary School said it did not want to comment until it had heard from the council.

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