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A long-awaited pedestrian crossing for Lower Street is now expected to go ahead, delighted campaigners heard this week.

A planning issue which had delayed the scheme has been resolved and Essex County Council is now preparing a start date for the work.

Stansted district and parish councillor Geoffrey Sell said he was relieved the crossing was finally on its way.

Lower Street, Stansted Mountfitchet. .Pic: Vikki Lince. (15422945)
Lower Street, Stansted Mountfitchet. .Pic: Vikki Lince. (15422945)

“It is long overdue and it will be a big asset for road safety in Lower Street,” he said.

“I’m pleased it is going ahead, it is just unfortunate that it has taken such a long time to resolve - it was always part of the planning agreement and it has been a battle to get the developer to honour their obligations.”

Under a 106 planning agreement, Hilton Properties Ltd was meant to fund the crossing before occupation of the Castle Maltings site that it developed.

But objections about the crossing from businesses in Lower Street following a public consultation delayed its installation and then concerns grew that the scheme had “slipped through the cracks” with Uttlesford and Essex councils accused of “passing the buck”.

Stansted parish councillors heard at the last meeting before their summer break that the scheme would now proceed.

A spokesperson for Essex Highways said: “We are confident that significant progress is being made in our discussions with the developer to confirm plans for this crossing. There have been some issues to be resolved, but we are now looking forward to local pedestrians getting the full benefit of the crossing.”

An Uttlesford District Council spokesman added: “We can confirm that a pedestrian crossing will be provided on Lower Street. We are currently awaiting confirmation of the exact time of installation.”

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