Seeing red over traffic lights

Problem's around Cleadon Village. Cllr Jeff Milburn.
Problem's around Cleadon Village. Cllr Jeff Milburn.
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NEIGHBOURS in Cleadon are seeing red about a set of traffic lights in their village.

They have contacted councillors about the lights at the pedestrian crossing outside the Britannia pub, in Shields Road, which they say do not allow enough time for people to cross and take too long to change from red to green.

Coun Jeff Milburn, the Conservative representative for the Cleadon and East Boldon ward, claims the problem has been going on for some years and is unhappy that nothing has been done about it.

He said: “I’ve had phone calls and complaints from several people from Cleadon about the lights.

“The problem is that they work erratically. People can get there when there’s no cars on the road and end up waiting for almost a minute for the lights to change.”

He added: “Then when the road is busy they seem to change too quickly.

“Drivers get annoyed by having to stop and start every couple of minutes and it doesn’t give people enough time to cross.

“It’s particularly a problem for elderly people.

“It’s dangerous for them to start crossing a road when they don’t know if they’ll be across before the lights change.

“They don’t work properly and something needs to be done about it.”

Coun Milburn has been in touch with South Tyneside Council about the problem and has been raising the issue with people living in the area.

He added: “This is not the first time this issue has been raised and I’d like to think something will be done about it soon.

“I’ve spoken to the council’s traffic department who have said they’ll be sending someone to look into it.”

A council spokesman said: “Our traffic department are aware of the problem and are investigating.”

l The issue had been due to be held at tonight’s Boldon, Cleadon and Whitburn community area forum, but council bosses say the meeting, which was due to be held at 5pm in the Roberts Lounge of Boldon Community Association, New Road, Boldon Colliery, will no longer being going ahead.