A HAMPSHIRE councillor is urging civic chiefs to improve a bicycle crossing after a boy was hit by a car.

Cllr Alan Dowden, who represents Valley Park on Test Valley Borough Council, believes "something has to be done" about the crossing in Rownhams Lane after a 13-year-old boy was left battered and bruised from being knocked off his bike.

Jack Dickson, from North Baddesley, is now on crutches after attempting to cross the road and has to rely on his family to drive him to and from school.

Cllr Dowden said: "I had a few emails from residents about the crossing and I think even a near miss like that is a concern for me. If there was a fatality after that incident then Hampshire County Council would be criticised.

"I have now noticed the county council are looking into the crossing and I have asked when the officers are going to see it, because I need to be there to hear what they are saying about it.

"There are so many children who use that crossing and we have got to make it as safe as possible."

"There is a great deal of concern from parents of children who attend The Mountbatten School and if there is anything that can be done then parents would be very pleased."

He added: "A while ago there was another incident that involved a person from Ringwood Drive and he complained to me about the crossing and I wrote to the county council about the crossing.

"I am not a highway expert, but at the end of the day I want it looked at to make sure improvements can be made to prevent someone else from being in that situation in the future."

This comes after Jack's mother, Christiana, said the crossing needs to be put “further back” from the main road to help keep other children safe.

The 43-year-old added the council should put some "flashing lights" on the crossing to help alert drivers.

Hampshire County Council have been contacted for comment.

The crash happened on September 20.