Lib Dem Borough Councillors in Eastleigh have provided nearly £50,000 to help cover the cost of a new crossing on a busy road.
Children needing to cross the busy Hound Road, on the way to Hamble School, should this year get a safe pelican crossing to help them. Local resident Maria Hutchinson spearheaded the campaign to get the County Council to deliver the much-needed crossing after a near miss involving a school student.
Following a meeting this Thursday evening, the Bursledon, Hamble-le-Rice and Hound Local Area Committee allocated almost £50,000 to the project. This should cover over 50% of the cost of the work.
Local MP Mike Thornton said: "This is wonderful news for children in Netley. I trust that Hampshire County Council will listen to residents and I was happy to support this campaign to provide a safer crossing for local children.
"This is a fantastic example of local people pulling together and I'd like to say a big thank you to local resident Maria Hutchinson for spearheading this campaign, as well as to the Lib dem Councillors who have provided these funds."
David Airey, Councillor for Netley Abbey and EBC Cabinet Member for Transport, said: "I'm really pleased with the support from other members for allocating money to this project. This crossing will make it so much safer for children going to Hamble Sports College.
"I hope to see this crossing put in for the Autumn. My thanks to Maria for being the driving force behind this project."
Maria Hutchinson said: "I'm delighted that the LAC have agreed to allocate this money towards the controlled crossing. I am confident that Councillor Seán Woodward at Hampshire County Council will fund the remainder of the money, especially as the road does pass the criteria for the controlled crossing.
"I would like to thank the local community for getting behind this campaign. Together we really can make a difference."