Par­ents take the lol­lipop fight to UK Par­lia­ment

Call for school cross­ing of­fi­cer stepped up

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Edel Ke­nealy

A pe­ti­tion call­ing on South La­nark­shire Coun­cil to place a lol­lipop per­son at Wood­lands Cres­cent has been lodged with the UK Govern­ment.

Es­tab­lished by the fam­i­lies of chil­dren at­tend­ing Cairns and St Cadoc’s pri­mary schools, the pe­ti­tion urges the UK Govern­ment to lis­ten to wor­ried par­ents af­ter three chil­dren were knocked down within three months.

The most re­cent in­ci­dent on May 17 saw two chil­dren aged six and nine hit by a car on Ivy­bank Av­enue as they left Cairns Pri­mary School.

And on March 8 a third child, a P6 pupil of the same school, was knocked down at 3pm.

All three chil­dren were treated for bruis­ing and shock.

Karen Tor­ley, the grand­mother be­hind the Save Our Chil­dren South La­nark­shire Face­book page — launched along­side the govern­ment pe­ti­tion, said: “To have two kids knocked down at the same time — that’s just un­ac­cept­able.

“We don’t want any­one else to be killed or hurt, but the way things are go­ing it is go­ing to hap­pen again — and next time they might not be so lucky as to have bruis­ing and be shaken.

“There’s the Twenty’s Plenty speed limit, but peo­ple are get­ting im­pa­tient and there is road rage. It’s a mess, we need a lol­lipop per­son there.”

Ex­plain­ing the is­sue would be dis­cussed at the next meet­ing of Half­way Com­mu­nity Coun­cil, Karen said: “I would say to par­ents to get to the meet­ing, get in­volved.

“Ev­ery­one that has a child or grand­child that at­tends th­ese schools, it is up to you to do some­thing about it. We can’t think that some­one else will do it.”

Karen, 52, said par­ents also had a re­spon­si­bil­ity to walk chil­dren to school and re­duce the vol­ume of traf­fic wher­ever pos­si­ble.

She added: “We have to help our­selves and think do we re­ally need to take the car? I know some­times par­ents are go­ing to work and they have to drop the kids off on their way and that can’t be helped, I un­der­stand that, but the peo­ple that are able should help us help our­selves, if they live close don’t take the car.”

Gor­don Mackay head of roads and trans­porta­tion ser­vices at South La­nark­shire Coun­cil, said: “Wood­land Cres­cent and sur­round­ing streets at th­ese schools are sub­ject to the coun­cil’s Twenty’s Plenty ad­vi­sory 20mph ini­tia­tive and a one-way sys­tem. An as­sess­ment for the pro­vi­sion of a school cross­ing pa­troller was un­der­taken but fell be­low the thresh­old.

“We have been work­ing with both schools in the area to dis­trib­ute road safety ma­te­ri­als and to de­velop travel plans and we would urge drivers to avoid park­ing in the im­me­di­ate vicin­ity of the school if at all pos­si­ble.

“How­ever, if they do, they should ad­here to the High­way Code which means not park­ing on the pave­ment and we would ask them to ob­serve the yel­low ‘school keep clear’ mark­ings.”

The UK Govern­ment will re­view the par­ents pe­ti­tion and, if ap­proved, will re­lease it for on­line sig­na­tures in the com­ing days. The link to the pe­ti­tion can be found on the Save Our Chil­dren South La­nark­shire Face­book page.

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