Crossing campaign pays off

CHILDREN in Nailsea will be able to walk to school more safely - following a successful campaign for a new crossing. North Somerset Council

CHILDREN in Nailsea will be able to walk to school more safely - following a successful campaign for a new crossing.North Somerset Council has revealed plans to install a zebra crossing at Whiteoak Way for students at Hannah More Infants and Grove Juniors to use.The news sees a successful end to a long campaign by parents for a crossing on busy Whiteoak Way.Last year concerned mums and dads, backed by Woodspring MP Dr Liam Fox, presented a 1,000 name petition to North Somerset Council highways chiefs demanding a crossing was installed.Now, following traffic surveys of Whiteoak Way, highways chiefs have agreed to install a crossing and work should start during the summer holidays with the crossing in place in time for the new school year in September.Retired operations manager Shaun Beaumont, who was one of the parents involved in the campaign, said: "This is fantastic news."At the moment there is a crossing patrol lady but she only works three days a week, so the children are left to cross the road without her."Whiteoak Way is a very busy road, especially at peak times when there are buses travelling through as well as a lot of other traffic."It is also used as a shortcut by people travelling across the moors to get onto the A370."My nine-year-old stepson Hayden attends the school and I am delighted he and the other children will now be safer walking to class each day."Headteacher at Hannah More Infants, Joy Donovan, said: "This is excellent news and down to the hard work of local parents. The crossing will make the road much safer for our children, especially on days where there is no crossing patrol.

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