THE IMPORTANCE of keeping people safe in Chichester has been highlighted by the deputy mayor.
Speaking at Chichester City Council’s annual parish meeting, councillor David Siggs hailed the construction of the footbridge over the former deadly Fisbourne pedestrian railway crossing.
“It was, and never will be, an architectural masterpiece,” he said.
“It’s a safe place for people to cross what was once considered to be one of the most dangerous crossings in the country.”
The crossing was completed in August last year, after years of campaigning by people in the city.
However, the scheme has still sparked controversy, with some complaining about the design and refusing to use it.
Many people still chose to walk across the railway line itself.
This led Network Rail to finally close the crossing in January of this year, after people continued to put their lives at risk.
Cllr Siggs made the statement as part of his end-of-year report in his role as chairman of the city council’s community affairs committee.
He described the battle to get the bridge built as ‘the longest-running saga the city has had to endure’, but concluded the bridge’s construction had led to a ‘much safer crossing for all’.
Further to this, in his annual report last Wednesday he said crime figures in the city remained fairly low.
“It’s gratifying to hear from the police that while we have some crime around the city, incident numbers are very low and are dealt with swiftly.”
He also praised the work of the community wardens, who operate in the Chichester east ward and the Whyke area.