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Great Gonerby pupils urge drivers to slow down near school




Pupils at a village primary school are worried that they could be seriously hurt by speeding drivers ignoring a zebra crossing.

Youngsters at St Sebastian’s Primary School, Great Gonerby, are calling on more to be done after three near-misses on the crossing outside their school last week.

Headteacher Michelle Waddell is worried that it won’t be long until a child is seriously hurt.

Staff and pupils are concerned about crossing outside their school. (17046414)
Staff and pupils are concerned about crossing outside their school. (17046414)

She said: “It is getting worse. Cars and lorries are failing to stop until it’s too late. Something needs to be done urgently. The crossing either needs to be moved to a safer area or we need more visible signs to warn drivers to slow down.”

The pupils have also been trying to encourage drivers to slow down outside their school.

Mrs Waddell added:“Our mini police officers were out with speed guns last term but it only really works when we are there. This has left us in a really dangerous position. As the crossing is on a corner, cars and lorries don’t seem to see the zebra crossing until its too late.We need a more permanent solution.”

After being contacted by the Journal this week, Great Gonerby parish council confirmed that they have been trying to improve road safety measures in the area for many years.

Great Gonerby parish council vice-chairman Jeff Thompson said: “We have attempted over decades to try to secure some better safety situation for the crossing, but with only limited success.

“The truth is that it is very badly sited on a village crossroads. Drivers accessing the the High Street from Pond Street and Long Street simply do not know which way to look next and often find people on the crossing when they do.

“We accept that some traffic on the High Street do speed but successive surveys have proved that, to a great extent, this problem is a perceived one.

“Several changes have been undertaken by LCC over the years following parish council pressure.

“The beacons themselves were replaced by more dominant ones, the High Street was resurfaced with red tarmac in the proximity of the crossing, speed limit reminders were installed in both directions.

“These measures were only partially
successful.

“There is no doubt, in the opinion of most, that the crossing needs re-siting as the school suggest.

“It also has to be said that the plethora of parked cars collecting and dropping off children at busy times doesn’t help - but I accept that it is difficult to overcome that situation.”



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