When the walk to school becomes Russian Roulette

Just before Christmas, I asked for a meeting with St James’ Primary School to discuss safer routes to school for local parents.  I’d been contacted recently by many locals parents with horror stories about cars mounting kerbs and nearly knocking them or their children down.

I chased yesterday and today a meeting was arranged with the head teacher.  Following this, I’ll set up a parent group to lobby for road and kerb improvements, because the local parents and their children deserve a safer environment.

It’s not a moment too soon either, because one local resident emailed me this morning to tell me that only this morning a young mother and her child were nearly seriously injured when a car mounted the pavement to park and narrowly missed them.  Last night, he tells me a car which was driving too fast hit something and sped off, leaving wreckage all over his road.

The problem, of course, is that so many of the roads in St James’ have been resurfaced and resurfaced until the road surface is flush with the kerb.  Consequently there’s no physical barrier to prevent cars  – particularly when they’re driven by idiots – from driving across the footpath.

Enough is enough – a simple walk to school shouldn’t become a game of Russian Roulette.  What do you think?

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