Moving of pedestrian crossing at Cotton Field junction was bad idea

Dear Editor,

I would like to know what study was done to remove the pedestrian crossing at the Cotton Field junction. This pedestrian crossing was there for years. As the former mayor of the township of Anna Regina, I was asked by Sergeant Rishi Dass of the Anna Regina police station to donate one gallon of white paint to mark the pedestrian crossing in front of Shashi’s Pharmacy. Sergeant Dass saw that this area was in dire need for  such a crossing because of the Anna Regina Multilateral School, Ministry of Education office, Guyana School of Agriculture, Cyril Potter College of Education, Cotton Field Secondary School etc etc.

Recently, I saw that this pedestrian crossing was removed 50 rods  further to the south, the school children and teachers are confused about which crossing to use, since the old one is still visible on the road. This is dangerous because the children and the public are still using it to cross the road. The new crossing is out of bounds and out of sight. When the school children, teachers and officers  come out from the Cotton Field compound where they work, they use the Cotton Field street which leads from the compound to the public road, then cross it.

The previous pedestrian crossing in front of Shashi’s Pharmacy was more convenient for the public because there are many supermarkets, snackettes and shops within the area where the school children will go to buy their stuff. No one is using the new pedestrian crossing to cross the road and it’s a waste of taxpayers’ money. In the past these signs were placed in front of schools by the traffic police department to save lives. I don’t know what method is being used to identify the location and marking of the signs these days.

In the past, the police traffic department would involve the township in identifying the location where the sign should be placed once it is within the township of Three Friends to Walton Hall and to donate the paint. I hope that good sense would prevail and the communities would be consulted in the future.

Yours faithfully,

Mohamed Khan

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