Council Support for Rural Rainbow Crossing in Totnes

Monday, April 3, 2017 - 11:30

Following a successful pilot in 2014, Devon-based social enterprise Proud2Be are steaming ahead with plans to install Europe’s first permanent rainbow crossing in Totnes.

The group have successfully obtained support from the town council and the Traffic & Transport Forum and have now received support in principle from the County Council’s Highways and Traffic Orders Committee.

According to the Proud2Be website: “The crossing will be a way of celebrating diversity in Totnes and raising awareness about the issues still faced by the lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or trans+ (LGBT+) community, all over the world.”

Already, the campaign has received widespread local and national support, including an endorsement from Alan Salt, the Principal from Totnes’ King Edward VI Community College, who said: “It will help remind us all that as a community we value diversity.”

Now the campaign has unanimous support in principle for the concept from the County Council’s HATOC Committee, Cllr Robert Vint, who arranged for the proposal to come to the committee, said: “I am delighted that the County Councillors have now added their support. Proud2Be will take on board the comments and suggestions of the committee and will be coming back to us with a detailed proposal.”

One of the proposed locations of the crossing is on either side of The Wills Memorial on The Plains in Totnes.

Although other cities, including London, Brighton and Sydney, have had temporary multicoloured crossings, if plans are approved, Totnes will be the first in Europe to make it permanent, with Vancouver in Canada already having a permanent rainbow crossing.

Mat Price, who set up Proud2Be with his twin brother Jon, said: “We have had a hugely positive response from the local community who have been supportive and excited by the proposal.”

Last year, a local resident raised their concerns that the crossing might impact negatively on people with Dementia in the Town. Proud2Be contacted Professor June Andrews FRCN, Professor of Dementia Studies at the University of Stirling who said: “If there is no crossing there right now, what you are doing is intended to be an improvement, if it is true what you say about improving safety at the chosen junction.  People with dementia might not recognize it as a safe crossing place, but that is no worse than the current position.”

Proud2Be are inviting those people who support their plans for a permanent rainbow crossing in Totnes to pledge their support via their website. To pledge your support please click HERE

Further information about Proud2Be can be found at: proud2be.co.uk


 

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