Road safety risk for Frim­ley pupils

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Star Courier (Surrey & Hants) - - FRONT PAGE -

A stretch of road out­side Raven­scote Junior School has been la­belled “hor­ren­dous” as pupils try to cross the road with­out the guid­ance of a lol­lipop per­son or a pedes­trian cross­ing.

Ac­cord­ing to one grand­par­ent, who wished not to be named, Up­per Chob­ham Road, which runs along­side the school, is “aw­ful” and she branded it a safety risk for the school­child­ren.

The con­cerned grand­par­ent said pupils are hav­ing “so many nearmisses” as the road has been left with­out any form of traf­fic calm­ing.

“It is quite hor­ren­dous as both sides there are two ex­its and en­trances. They usu­ally have a lol­lipop lady on Up­per Chob­ham Road,” she said.

“The per­son left and they didn’t re­place any­body so par­ents are hav- ing to walk chil­dren across the road, which means more traf­fic and park­ing. There have been so many near- misses.”

The pre­vi­ous lol­lipop per­son left be­fore the sum­mer hol­i­days and ac­cord­ing to a school news­let­ter, a re­place­ment will not be start­ing un­til af­ter the Oc­to­ber half term.

The grand­par­ent con­tin­ued: “It will have been six weeks. Chil­dren have been go­ing to af­ter- school clubs be­cause the par­ents have to pick them up to avoid this cross­ing.

“Now there is more traf­fic and there is nowhere to park so cars are pulling out. There are two cross­ings near Tom­lin­scote and St Au­gus­tine’s but there is no cross­ing out­side Raven­scote.”

The grand­par­ent added that when she voiced con­cerns to the county coun­cil at the be­gin­ning of Septem­ber she was told “all of the money has been al­lo­cated so there is no funding”.

How­ever, a spokesman for the county coun­cil said: “The lol­lipop per­son left a while back. We have re­cruited a new one and they will start in a cou­ple of weeks’ time.”

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