Fears over plan to axe foot­bridge

South Wales Echo - - News - MATT DISCOMBE Lo­cal Democ­racy Re­porter echo.news­desk@waleson­line.co.uk

HUN­DREDS of peo­ple are fight­ing plans to re­move a pedes­trian foot­bridge which they say could put the lives of chil­dren and the el­derly at risk.

The bridge over Llanedeyrn Drive and a nearby un­der­pass is set to be re­moved as part of the re­de­vel­op­ment of the Maelfa Shop­ping Cen­tre, and would be re­placed by two ze­bra cross­ings.

But more than 500 res­i­dents have now signed a pe­ti­tion against this plan – call­ing for the bridge to ei­ther re­main where it is or be re­placed.

Ulf Dahlstrom, who started the pe­ti­tion, said the bridge is the only safe cross­ing over Llanedeyrn Drive for the el­derly, school chil­dren and the dis­abled.

The un­der­pass near the foot­bridge is al­ready be­ing filled in, Mr Dahlstrom said, leav­ing the bridge as the only safe cross­ing over the road.

He said: “This bridge where it’s lo­cated is over a main, busy road that is used as a race track at times.

“They may be think­ing of putting ze­bra cross­ings in but the feel­ing is even with that within 12 months there’s pos­si­bly go­ing to be two very se­ri­ous if not fa­tal ac­ci­dents.”

The re­de­vel­op­ment of the old Maelfa Cen­tre will in­clude nine new shops, pub­lic spa­ces, 54 af­ford­able apart­ments and houses man­aged by de­vel­oper Cardiff Com­mu­nity Hous­ing As­so­ci­a­tion and 57 homes which will be sold by Per­sim­mon Homes.

Coun­cil­lor Frank Ja­cob­sen, who will present the pe­ti­tion to the coun­cil, said: “We would like the bridge to ei­ther stay or be re­placed.

“We be­lieve the road un­der­neath is a haz­ardous road.

“It would be safe if the bridge re­mained where it is or re­placed for the safety of the peo­ple of Llanedeyrn.”

The re­moval of the foot­bridge was part of the plan­ning per­mis­sion for the de­vel­op­ment which was ap­proved in 2016.

The foot­bridge is sched­uled to be re­moved in mid to late 2019. Cardiff coun­cil says th­ese plans were “widely con­sulted on in the com­mu­nity”. A coun­cil spokes­woman said: “The foot­bridge and a nearby un­der­pass are be­ing re­placed by two raised ze­bra cross­ings on Llanedeyrn Drive which are po­si­tioned to pro­vide ease of ac­cess to the new pa­rade of shops.

“A stop­ping-up or­der has been ap­proved by the Welsh Gov­ern­ment for clo­sure of the foot­bridge and its re­moval will be car­ried out in phase two of the de­vel­op­ment later next year, af­ter the new ze­bra cross­ings are com­pleted. “No pe­ti­tion has been re­ceived by the coun­cil. If one is re­ceived, it will be given due con­sid­er­a­tion in ac­cor­dance with coun­cil pro­ce­dures.”

The feel­ing is within 12 months there’s pos­si­bly go­ing to be two very se­ri­ous if not fa­tal ac­ci­dents...

Pe­ti­tion organiser Ulf Dahlstrom

Llanedeyrn bridge cam­paign­ers

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