|E-Petition – Pixmore Avenue, Letchworth Garden City Thank you for your e-petition on the Hertfordshire County Council website concerning the above, which closed on 9th April 2017. In order to consider the request for formal pedestrian crossing points in Pixmore Avenue, Letchworth, a feasibility study would need to be funded and this study would check the desired crossing locations, outline design criteria such as visibility issues, the most suitable form of crossing related to traffic flows and pedestrian movements. There are a number of potential sources of funding for new formal crossing facilities and these are outlined below: Road Safety Funding The current accident data has been checked and there have been 3 slight injury accidents along the whole length of Pixmore Avenue in the latest 3 year period and none of these involved pedestrians. This location would therefore not attract core funding from Hertfordshire County Council’s annual Road Safety budget. The Council's road safety engineering specialists consider all reported personal injury collisions in the County on an annual basis and identify locations at which there are concentrations of reported injury collisions. Taking into account the collision history for the entire County, the Council initiates road safety engineering enhancements, on a prioritised basis, where we identify there are aspects of the road environment that could be modified and/or improved to reduce the potential for future collisions. Urban Transport Plan There are currently no proposals within the Letchworth & Baldock Urban Transport Plan for formal crossing facilities in Pixmore Avenue and Hertfordshire County Council has no suitable S106 funding for the provision of such a facility (Section 106 funding is provided by developers under their planning consent to resolve potential highway issues resulting from their new development). We are currently liaising with North Herts District Council to see if they hold any S106 funding that could be used to undertake potential crossing facilities at this location. However, it is anticipated that NHDC are unlikely to be holding suitable Section 106 funds for this purpose. Highway Locality Budgets An alternative source of funding could be through the Local County Councillor’s Highway Locality Budget (HLB). County Councillors have £90,000 each financial year to spend on highway related matters in their constituency. This can be allocated to highway maintenance work (e.g. to supplement Hertfordshire County Council’s annual works programme and our Term Contractor’s maintenance budgets) and miscellaneous traffic/highway related works, such as formal pedestrian crossings. In term s of the initial feasibility study we are currently in a Pre-election Restriction on Publicity period (PERP), as there are County Council elections on 4th May 2017. However, once the election is concluded, the Assistant Highway Manager for the North Herts area will discuss this issue with the incoming Member for potential funding into an initial feasibility study.