Parents’ patrol plans for busy Clevedon road
PUBLISHED: 09:00 08 October 2015
A dispute over a dangerous road in Clevedon could see parents patrolling the street to stop people ‘taking their lives into their own hands’.
Parents of children who attend St Nicholas Chantry Primary School in Highdale Avenue are desperate for something to be done to increase road safety in the adjacent Chapel Hill which they say is a ‘disaster waiting to happen’.
A large number of parents have indicated they would be willing to patrol the crossing themselves to protect children who cross the busy road to get to school.
The worried group voiced their plans after North Somerset Council reiterated its stance that Chapel Hill does not meet certain criteria for a crossing due to the number of pedestrians and the speed of vehicles using the road.
Terrey Maufe, a parent who lives in Madeira Road, said: “I have been using that crossing for six years now and it is very tricky.
“Everybody I have spoken to agrees that you take your life into your own hands every time you cross there.
“It is a disaster waiting to happen.”
Jo Eyton-Jones, of Alexandra Road, added: “Even as an adult I don’t like crossing there because you have traffic coming from four sides.
“It is only a matter of time before someone gets hurt.
“I have a nine-year-old and I want to promote independence but I am not happy with her crossing on her own.
“It (the patrol) is something I would be prepared to do as a last resort scenario.”
The parents have also said that during the recent expansion works to the primary school, which meant a temporary crossing patrol was put in place in Chapel Hill, there was a noticeable difference in the safety of the road and the speed of the traffic.
Councillor Jane Geldart, chairman of Clevedon Town Council’s transport and highways committee, has been particularly outspoken on the issue and said that the patrol plans are understandable but warned parents not to ‘endanger’ themselves.
She said: “Parents are really worried about crossing that part of Chapel Hill with their children and the thought of older children crossing there themselves fills them with dread.
“I know the police are worried about us donning hi-vis jackets to try to get motorists to notice parents and children.
“Their worry is, as is mine, that parents have not got any jurisdiction and I wouldn’t want anyone to endanger themselves by trying to stop the traffic.”
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