Parents lobby over ‘dangerous’ junction

CLEVEDON parents have called for changes to be made at a ‘dangerous’ junction near their children’s school.

Many families walking to and from St Nicholas Chantry Primary School have to negotiate a wide and busy cross-road along their route to the Highdale Avenue site.

The junction of Chapel Hill, Highdale Avenue and Lower Linden Road is on a steep hill where vehicles often accelerate up and down it.

Now, an online petition has been created to lobby North Somerset Council for a crossing or road enhancements to be installed.

Petition creator Jane Geldart said: “They could change the priority of the road so when you are coming down Chapel Hill you could put give way signs there.


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“Or there could be some sort of roundabout introduced.

“It is an accident waiting to happen.”

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North Somerset Council recently surveyed the number of cars and pedestrians using the junction but concluded the numbers were not high enough for the introduction of a crossing patrol.

Mrs Geldart, who regularly crosses the junction to get her two children to school from their St Johns Avenue home, said: “At one point there was a crossing patrol there, so North Somerset Council must’ve thought it fitted their criteria then.

“What their evaluation doesn’t do is give any credence that it is a very dangerous road and people come down it fast and there are two blind corners.”

Mrs Geldart is one of than 30 mums concerned about the junction.

The online petition, set up just this week, has already attracted numerous comments of support.

Anne Straus said: “Crossing the road with young children every day is an absolute nightmare, especially in the morning rush hour.”

Claire Woodall said: “Let’s have a safe place for the children to cross the roads soon please.”

A North Somerset Council spokesman said: “Following a request we have carried out two surveys at the location, however, there are not enough children crossing there to justify a crossing patrol.

“We would remind drivers to ensure they drive at the speed limit and the prevailing road conditions.

“Whenever we do receive a petition we will study it carefully.”

Clevedon Town Council is due to discuss the junction at its next transport and highways committee meeting.

* The online petition can be found at www.ipetitions.com/petition/safer-crossing-for-chapel-hill-highdale-road

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