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Grantham school crossing petition attracts more than 400 signatures

Presenting the petition for a safe crossing point are from left parents Nicola Fox, Louise Short and Emma Coats with county councillor Richard Davies and District Councillors for St Anne's ward Mike Cook. Photo: 0227A

Presenting the petition for a safe crossing point are from left parents Nicola Fox, Louise Short and Emma Coats with county councillor Richard Davies and District Councillors for St Anne's ward Mike Cook. Photo: 0227A

Three mums have collected more than 400 signatures for their petition calling for a safe crossing on Harrowby Road outside St Anne’s Primary School.

Parents were dismayed when a plan for a zebra crossing was recently rejected by a planning committee meeting at Lincolnshire County Council because of safety concerns.

The petition, organised by parents Nicola Fox, Louise Short and Emma Coates, who have formed the St Anne’s Action Group, has raised 432 signatures calling for the reinstatement of a safe crossing point outside the school.

Nicola said: “We are extremely pleased with the support we have got and we are looking at another petition to add to this.”

Louise said Specsavers, which raises awareness of road safety, had offered them 100 high visibilty vests.

She added: “It has been noted that we do not ‘meet the criteria’ for a lollipop person, the reason being the road is deemed too unsafe. We as a group want to change this so the road is safe and some form of safety crossing point can be made. We do not want a tragic, or worse, fatal accident to happen before anything is to be done regarding the safety of this road.”

County councillor and Grantham representative Richard Davies was on hand this week to receive the petition. He will take it back to county council in a bid to bring in safety measures and a safe crossing patrol. Coun Davies said the priority was to make the road safer for children by cutting back foliage and putting up better signage.

St Anne’s headteacher Jonathan Austin said: “The safety of the children comes first and foremost. Ideally, we are looking at a crossing patrol person.”

But St Anne’s ward councillor Charmaine Morgan, who also sits on the planning committee at the county council, said the petition only mirrored exactly what she had already asked for from county.

Coun Morgan said: “St Anne’s School lost its lollipop person two and a half years ago. It has been of great concern to the community, including parents and resdients, that the lollipop person was not replaced. We want to ensure that they are replaced as soon as possible.

Coun Morgan said the petition would further delay any progress on the issue. She said the officers would need to look at the petition which “by all accounts is asking for the same thing we were asking for in the first place.”

She said: “In two and a half years the county council has failed to progress this issue. I believe they have a corporate responsibility for ensuring the protection of children and residents in that area and a responsibility for ensuring they spend our tax payers’ money wisely. I am going to speak to the director for highways and I will be asking him to escalate this matter to ensure that the safe alternative site is found as soon as possible to allow a lollipop person to be reinstated. My aim is for September, if not before.”

 

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