Fears for kids at un­manned cross­ing

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Front Page - By ASHA ME­HTA asha.me­hta@pe­ter­bor­oughto­day.co.uk

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.”

Pic­ture by: ROW­LAND HOB­SON.

DAN­GER: Sarah McClatchey with daugh­ter Emily (6) at the cross­ing on Dogsthorpe Road. (METP-11-06-10GM080)

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