Fears for kids at unmanned crossing
FEARS have been raised that children’s safety is being put at risk because a crossing serving several city schools has been left without a crossing patrol for weeks.
The zebra crossing close to the junction with Dogsthorpe Road and Queen’s Drive West in Peterborough has not had a school crossing patrol for six weeks.
It is used by hundreds of youngsters from Queen’s Drive Infant School, All Saints’ Junior School and Thomas Deacon Academy, as well as tots going to the Little Stars Nursery.
Anxious parents claim they are being forced to run the guantlet against selfish drivers who refuse to stop for them at the crossing.
Mum, Sarah McClatchey (40), of Millfield Court, who daughter Emi- ly (6) goes to the infant school and her son Joseph (2) attends the nursery, fears it is an accident waiting to happen.
She said: “Friday morning I had to dodge past a car that had stopped on the zebra crossing. You can hear cars revving as soon as you get near the pavement. They are not taking any notice of us.
“We have to wait until it’s safe and then inch across the road. One car might stop on one side of the road, but you get halfway across and the car on the other side will just carry on.
“It’s not like when there is an instruction to stop from a lollipop person. There is no-one there stopping the traffic, so the risk is greater of someone being hit. Parents don’t have as much authority.”
Police officers patrolled the area on Friday afternoon to maintain safety.
John Shearman, a Labour party representative in the area, branded the situation “absolute chaos” and said he would campaign for flashing speed signs to be installed to slow drivers down.
He said: “Drivers are not taking care. Some cars are racing down that road.
“I know that the council don’t put children’s safety in second place, but it does look like that at times. They must take children’s safety seriously.”
Peterborough City Council’s head of transport, Paul Hardy, said the permanent patroller was away from work and they were trying to find temporary cover. He added: “We do encourage children to use the zebra crossing at the junction to cross the road safely.”
DANGER: Sarah McClatchey with daughter Emily (6) at the crossing on Dogsthorpe Road. (METP-11-06-10GM080)