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30/1/2012 - Cleator crossing makes community safer

Cumbria County Council has installed a brand new zebra crossing on Jacktrees Road, Cleator Moor, to ensure that local children can cross the road safely when visiting the recently upgraded play area. 

The crossing supports local residents who, by their own efforts, had secured funding from a variety of sources to create a safe environment with up to date play facilities. 

The funding for this crossing was agreed by Copeland Local Committee following support from County Councillor for Cleator Moor South Frank Morgan.

Councillor Morgan also contributed £ 5,000 of his Local Member Scheme allocation last year towards the toddler area as playbuilder funding did not allow the community group to spend anything on children under 8 year olds.

Under the Local Member Scheme, each Electoral Division is allocated £ 12,000 to spend on projects that will benefit their local community. Each county councillor can make recommendations to the Local Committee on how to allocate the funding.

Councillor Morgan said: "It is a credit to the great community spirit in Cleator Moor, even in times of austerity, when local activists and councils' work together we can deliver improvements that benefit local people."

County Councillor Tony Markley, Cabinet member for highways, said: "Pieces of work such as these are very important to the local community and can make a huge difference in the safety of the travelling public. We want children to enjoy the local amenities available to them and it's reassuring to know they can enjoy the park whilst remaining safe on the highway.

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