Primary school parents plead with drivers to 'stop putting our children in danger'

PUBLISHED: 06:55 01 November 2019

Tickenham parents campaigning for improved road safety for kids walking to and from the primary school.         Picture: MARK ATHERTON

Tickenham parents campaigning for improved road safety for kids walking to and from the primary school. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

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Speeding vehicles, narrow pavements and a lack of signs have made parents feel unsafe walking their children to primary school.

Tickenham parents campaigning for improved road safety for kids walking to and from the primary school.         Picture: MARK ATHERTONTickenham parents campaigning for improved road safety for kids walking to and from the primary school. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

Tickenham Primary School parents want to 'take action before there is an accident'.

A 20mph speed limit in Clevedon Road is advisory and not mandatory, with many drivers exceeding the limit.

Many parents park in the village hall car park further down Clevedon Road and walk their children into school, but the pavements are narrow and put youngsters' safety at risk.

Parents are calling on drivers to stop speeding through the village and want to work with North Somerset Council and police to improve driver awareness.

Parent Siobhan Hallmark said it is a 'miracle' no one has been seriously injured.

She told the Times: "Every parent is concerned and feels this is an issue and their children are at risk, it's a miracle there have been no serious incidents or injuries.

"I have seen other parents hang onto their young children for dear life as lorries hurl past, drivers must slow down to make the walk to school safer for our children.

"We want to raise awareness of this issue and for the council to take action before there is an accident."

A survey completed by 41 parents found 40 respondents had experienced something which made them feel unsafe walking to and from school, while almost half see something which could cause an accident most days and 16 respondents see something dangerous every week.

Clevedon Road is used as a commuter route and when the motorway is closed it is the main articulated lorry route into Bristol.

James Tonkin from NSC and a Tickenham parish councillor with parent Siobhan Hallmark. Campaigning for improved road safety for kids walking to and from the primary school.         Picture: MARK ATHERTONJames Tonkin from NSC and a Tickenham parish councillor with parent Siobhan Hallmark. Campaigning for improved road safety for kids walking to and from the primary school. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

Last week, police officers conducted a programme of road safety awareness classes for children.

North Somerset Council's executive member for transport James Tonkin joined parents on the walk and insists the authority is investigating how to make the road safer.

He said: "I'm working with senior traffic officers to work through a traffic scheme to make the road somewhat safer than it is at the moment, mainly by improved signage.

"Once we've worked it out, we'll submit it to Tickenham Parish Council for consideration.

"Then once that's done, hopefully it will all go forward."

Tickenham parents campaigning for improved road safety for kids walking to and from the primary school.         Picture: MARK ATHERTONTickenham parents campaigning for improved road safety for kids walking to and from the primary school. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

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