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Thursday, 27 November 2014

Near misses prompt safety watch at Walney School

TEACHERS in high visibility jackets are monitoring a school entrance to keep children safe after near misses with cars.

Staff at Vickerstown Primary School, Walney, are standing outside the pupils’ entrance in the back street of Latona Street, to stop some parents dropping off and picking up children in cars.

The £6.5m new school building was opened in September. Headteacher Michelle Phizacklea said from the outset of the designs school leaders told Cumbria County Council that appropriate safety measures would be needed at the Latona Street entrance because of such issues.

Concerned mums and dads blasted “lazy parents” for driving into the back street, and letters from the school and the county council’s highways department have been sent to parents urging them not to drive there.

Now councillors on the authority’s Barrow Local Committee will discuss if safety measures are needed at the entrance when they meet on January 13.

Mrs Phizacklea and others have called for residents-only parking, or other restrictions to stop unwanted traffic.

In December, horrified parent Paula Johnson told the Evening Mail how her five-year-old son Logan came close to being in a collision with a car in the back street after school.

Members of Cumbria County Council’s highways team are to fit children walking signs and paint a white pedestrian passageway line in the back street.

The department is also monitoring the activity of traffic from the Latona Street and Saunder’s Close ends of the back street, and also the front entrance in Mill Lane, which is in a 20mph zone with speed humps.

Mrs Phizacklea said: “I just want to reiterate, we hope that the committee comes to a traffic arrangement to make sure the children are safe.

“We would like to see residents-only parking introduced or some type of physical restriction.

“There have been improvements because myself and members of staff have been standing outside the entrance with high visibility jackets.”

Have your say

Reply to fe- Did this method work for you because you have 1 or 2 children? Meaning you have a hand for each of the children. Those with three dont!!

Posted by Sophie on 10 January 2012 at 20:29

If the council had not made Mill Lane into a ridiculous speed bump bottleneck, parents would use the road for dropping off kids.

Put Mill Lane back to its previous state, with an adequate zebra crossing, this will encourage parents to use the main roads rather than back streets. Although why parents cant park on the Prom and WALK the small journey up the hill is beyond me.

Posted by Biggar Picture on 10 January 2012 at 10:57

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