Campaign for safer road outside school

PUBLISHED: 10:00 06 June 2015

Mike Lyall

Mike Lyall

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A WESTON road which is home to three educational facilities is so congested it is 'a catastrophe waiting to happen', according to a town councillor.

Weston Town Council’s Milton representative Mike Lyall, who is the safety officer for Ashcombe Children’s Centre, has spoken out over traffic in Earlham Grove.

The road is home to the children’s centre, Ashcombe Primary School and Springboard Nursery.

Cllr Lyall says he is concerned about the dangers caused by parents parking on both sides of the road and on the corner of the roundabout.

He said: “When you are negotiating the roundabout and the parked cars you don’t see the school sign because your vision is taken up by the traffic. It is absolutely horrendous.”

One sign by the roundabout indicates a school is nearby, but drivers receive no early warning of the children’s centre or Springboard.

Cllr Lyall says 900 people a week use the complex, and the road is also a busy bus route.

After Cllr Lyall’s concerns were voiced at a town council meeting in January, the authority agreed to write to North Somerset Council asking for action to improve safety.

North Somerset says it has sent officers to monitor safety, and the road is regularly patrolled by PCSOs.

A spokesman said: “We encourage parents to find alternative ways of taking their children to school, such as walking or cycling.

“If parents use cars we would ask them to park legally and sensibly, to make the journey to school as safe as possible.”

Cllr Lyall said: “I think there needs to be more notification that there are three educational premises here. There are just two mandatory signs at either end which are insignificant for the amount of pupils here.

“It is a busy route, between the hours of 8-9am it is absolute mayhem. It is a catastrophe waiting to happen.”

Cllr Lyall suggested the road would benefit from flashing signs, similar to those outside Milton Park Primary School.

He said: “The signing is the same as it was years ago, but that wants to be enhanced. I’m not moaning for moaning’s sake, I lived here for 40 years and my children went to school here and we never had this trouble.”

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