Wednesday, 19 March 2014

HALESOWEN MEP SLAMS COUNCIL SCHOOL CROSSING DECISION

PRESS RELEASE: HALESOWEN MEP SLAMS COUNCIL’S SCHOOL CROSSING DECISION

Halesowen Euro MP Nikki Sinclaire has slammed Worcestershire County Council’s decision not to build a school crossing on a busy road.
The decision comes following over 500 names on a petition calling for a crossing to be installed outside St Kenelms School in Romsley.
In a reply from Worcestershire County Council, the council said crossing of the road outside of the start and the end of the school day, was “minimal”.
Last November, young Luca Pitt was involved in a road traffic accident on the dark road after school hours.
Parent of Luca, Steve Pitt said,
“The decision has been made using one bit of data, it doesn't take into account ANY other factors, which there are many. The road IS dangerous to cross, it scares the kids when the crossing patrol is not there. Will it take a more serious accident before something is done, we have a chance to do something before that happens”
We Demand a Referendum Now MEP Nikki Sinclaire said,
“Clearly, Luca’s story shows that the issue here is one that is outside of school hours and parents have called for a crossing to be built.
In the dark, this road is a dangerous area. In the early mornings, or after school clubs, children are likely to cross this road and we must do everything we can to keep them safe.
This shouldn’t be about surveys. This should be about real life experience. Over 500 people want a crossing. Will it take another accident for action to be taken?
I am calling upon Worcestershire County Council to review their decision on this matter”