No need to get cross now!

A POPULAR social centre is now safer to access after a new pedestrian crossing was installed nearby.

Thornhill Lees Village Hall and Social Centre, on Lees Hall Road, is regularly used for bingo sessions, cub and scout group meetings and coffee mornings, with many elderly residents using its facilities.

Council contractors installed the crossing several weeks ago after a long campaign from residents and ward councillors.

Terry Goodall, chairman of the centre, said: “We’d like give special thanks to James Leeming from Kirklees Highways for all his help in obtaining the crossing. It’s made a tremendous difference to people and it’s of real benefit to the centre. 

“This is a dangerous road and we started a petition a year or two ago. 

“Residents can now get over the road in safety.”

Despite a few problems with drivers parking close to the approaches to the crossing, users of the social centre are delighted with it and Coun Khizar Iqbal (Con, Dewsbury South) said: “It’s taken a while to have it installed but it’s great to see residents crossing in greater safety. 

“The crossing is part of a larger scheme to make Lees Hall Road safer for drivers and pedestrians.”

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