“Bullring still an accident waiting to happen” say Wakefield Council’s planning committee members

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Councillors have raised safety fears over the city centre’s Bullring junction.

Members of Wakefield Council’s planning and highways committee voiced their concerns at a meeting yesterday.

Councillors deferred a decision on an application by Wakefield and District Housing (WDH) to install external seating areas outside its Bru Bar, on the Bullring because of fears about pedestrian safety.

Coun Angela Taylor told the meeting: “I think the Bullring is an accident waiting to happen.”

WDH hopes to install four tables and 11 seats on the pavement outside its cafe, close to the junction, Monday to Saturday between 8am and 4pm.

Coun Ron Halliday also said he had concerns about the junction.

He said: “I think it’s dangerous. There is a low kerb and I have always said the junction is an accident waiting to happen.”

Committee members raised concerns about the width of pavement which would be left for the public to walk on, should the WDH application be approved.

Coun Alan Wassell told the meeting: “The cafe is too close to the junction and we would be pushing people into the road if we approved these plans. To push disabled and partially-sighted people into the road is dangerous.”

The application was deferred for further discussions to take place between the council and WDH.