Hundreds of parents back lollipop lady campaign
PUBLISHED: 09:00 22 June 2014
HUNDREDS of parents have joined forces and signed a petition to try to get a school crossing patrol reinstated at a ‘dangerous’ road.
Concerned parents and teachers are campaigning to address the traffic problems around Ashcombe Primary School and make it safer for children.
The school - one of the largest primaries in the district - lost its lollipop man last year, but has increased in size since with 30 extra pupils.
Due to increasing numbers of parents dropping off children and a double-decker bus occasionally using the route, congestion is a big issue.
More than 200 parents have put their name to a petition urging North Somerset Council to reinstate a crossing patrol to help pupils cross Earlham Grove road safely.
Parent and school governor Simon Morse said: “The petition has been really well received and hopefully will be completed within a couple of weeks.
“Parents are really quite keen on the idea of getting it back.
“When we had a lollipop man it was safer for the children and that’s what it’s all about – the safety of our children.
“The school has some really great transport policies and regularly encourages children to walk to school, but parents are reluctant to let them walk because that road is so dangerous to cross.”
The school is supportive of the campaign and has been keen to encourage road safety with its pupils, as well as sensible parking among parents.
Ward councillor Richard Tucker said he will present the petition at a North Somerset Council meeting once it is complete.
Cllr Tucker said: “I will certainly back Mr Morse’s campaign and parents at the school in their efforts.
“Labour councillors highlighted the council’s cutbacks to school crossing patrols in the budget some months ago.
“We were pleased that some of this funding was restored as a result of the negative publicity the council received over the issue, nevertheless there remains a severe shortage and budget problem, as is clearly demonstrated here.”
Mr Morse added: “In addition to getting a new school crossing patrol appointed we would really welcome some additional traffic control measures around the entrances of the school and children’s centre.
“Better signs, extension of yellow zigzags and double yellows on the corners of the adjacent roads, for example.”