Accident prompts call for safety measures

AN ACCIDENT in which a young boy was left with a serious leg injury has prompted school governors in Pill to lobby for road safety measures outside their school.

Staff and governors at Crockerne Primary School are hoping a single yellow line and a safe crossing point can be installed in Westward Drive following the incident.

As children were going to school on October 14, a boy collided with a Volkswagen Golf being driven along the road. He sustained a serious leg fracture for which he had to have a metal plate fitted.

At a meeting of Pill and Easton-in-Gordano Parish Council on Monday, vice chairman of governors, Sue Tuckwell explained the school is working with North Somerset Council to resolve the problem of parking in Westward Drive at the start and end of the school day.

She said: “As a school we need to push for a no parking zone the full length of the school.

“This could be between 8.30-9.15am and 2.50-3.30pm.

“That probably is the best first step to take.

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“That will allow the line of visibility to be better than it is at the moment.”

The school also wants to see the current yellow lines in the road improved and better enforcement of parking restrictions.

Governors are also investigating the possibility of creating a designated crossing area in Westward Drive and even reintroducing a crossing person, the latter of which depends on the funding available.

Parish councillor Andy Burt said: “This is a highly emotive subject that needs to be looked at a great deal.

“The accident was waiting to happen. Next time we might not be so lucky.”

After the half term break, representatives from North Somerset Council’s highways department will visit the school to discuss the options available.

The school is also working to encourage more parents to walk their children to school to reduce the amount of traffic in the Westward Drive.

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