‘Give us a zebra crossing’ say children and staff at Long Bennington nursery

These youngsters want their journey to Kings Farm Day Nursery, which includes crossing the busy Main Road in Long Bennington, to be made safer with a zebra crossing. Photo: Toby Roberts.
These youngsters want their journey to Kings Farm Day Nursery, which includes crossing the busy Main Road in Long Bennington, to be made safer with a zebra crossing. Photo: Toby Roberts.
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These youngsters are calling for a zebra crossing to make their daily journey to a Long Bennington nursery safer.

Each morning, children at Kings Farm Day Nursery have to cross the busy Main Road, and now they are doing so armed with banners.

Making their message clear with handmade banners, children and staff from Kings Farm Day Nursery were joined by county councillor Paul Wood during a morning journey across Main Road in Long Bennington this week. Photo: Toby Roberts.

Making their message clear with handmade banners, children and staff from Kings Farm Day Nursery were joined by county councillor Paul Wood during a morning journey across Main Road in Long Bennington this week. Photo: Toby Roberts.

It follows a petition launched by nursery manager Allison Zachowicz, which has gathered 650 signatures and been presented at a meeting of Lincolnshire County Council. “Traffic is always redirected through the village when there are incidents on the A1,” said Mrs Zachowicz. “The road is 12 metres wide which adds to the problem of cars overtaking.

“Colleagues, including myself, have had many near misses with oncoming traffic, when ensuring the children’s safety.”

The site has been visited by LCC’s area highways manager Mark Heaton and executive member for highways and transport Coun Richard Davies. An LCC spokesman said: “We have done an assessment and the crossing does not meet the criteria for a zebra crossing. This takes into account footfall and the number of vehicles on the road. Coun Richard Davies is in discussions with the parish council to see if there are other safety improvements that could be made.”

The possibility of a central refuge has been proposed. “From what I’ve seen crossing the road, that’s not enough,” said Mrs Zachowicz.

County councillor for the ward Paul Wood has joined the campaign, and says it will be a key topic at the parish council meeting on February 1, being attended by Coun Davies. It will start at 7.30pm in the village hall.