Parents worried about schoolchlidren crossing busy Monkton Heathfield road

This is The West Country: Parents worried about schoolchlidren crossing busy Monkton Heathfield road Parents worried about schoolchlidren crossing busy Monkton Heathfield road

A MUM fears a tragic accident could happen on a busy road which dozens of children have to cross to get to school.

Primary and secondary youngsters living between Mead Way and Elms Estate need to dash between traffic on the A3259 at Monkton Heathfield every morning and afternoon.

A lollipop person used to see them safely across until leaving the post last November.

Michelle Kelsey, whose children James and Melissa attend West Monkton Primary School, said: “It’s really dangerous and I’m worried someone’s going to get killed.

“I know of two children who have been knocked but not seriously hurt by vehicles – who knows, the next one mightn’t be so lucky.

“If we can’t get a lollipop person to see the children across, we need a pedestrian crossing – the new homes on the other side of the village have crossings paid for by the developers.”

Mrs Kelsey said she had started to allow James to walk to school alone ahead of starting at Heathfield School in September.

She added: “I won’t let him go alone any more though and I know of another mother with a son at Heathfield who drives him in every day she’s so worried.

“It’s taking our children’s independence away from them.”

A Somerset County Council spokesman said funding is in place to pay for a lollipop person if someone can be found to do the job.

Cllr David Fothergill, who represents Monkton Heathfield, has met highways officers at County Hall.

Writing to Mrs Kelsey before Christmas, he said: “In terms of a fixed crossing, then realistically this is not something which can be achieved in the short term.

“Crossing points are planned as part of any Hartnell Farm development...and I’m sure that we will be doing what we can to try to ensure that one of these is provided in the Mead Way/Elms Estate area.

“The longer term plan is to traffic calm the road when the new western relief road is built between the A38 and the A3259 south of Aginshill.”

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7:52pm Mon 20 Jan 14

Roger the cabinboy says...

This story highlights how shabby our council have become - the safety of our children comes second. They seem to have limitless amounts of money to waste on the high street paving. The reality of this crucial road crossing has been left to the commercial whims of a developer who may at some time in the near future knock up a slum at Hartnell's Farm.
This story highlights how shabby our council have become - the safety of our children comes second. They seem to have limitless amounts of money to waste on the high street paving. The reality of this crucial road crossing has been left to the commercial whims of a developer who may at some time in the near future knock up a slum at Hartnell's Farm. Roger the cabinboy

12:47am Tue 21 Jan 14

Reaping the Whirlwind says...

Better than a lollypop, maybe a footbridge crossing would be helpful?. Cheaper too - it would pay for itself in time.
Better than a lollypop, maybe a footbridge crossing would be helpful?. Cheaper too - it would pay for itself in time. Reaping the Whirlwind

12:28pm Tue 21 Jan 14

heather147 says...

Roger the cabinboy wrote:
This story highlights how shabby our council have become - the safety of our children comes second. They seem to have limitless amounts of money to waste on the high street paving. The reality of this crucial road crossing has been left to the commercial whims of a developer who may at some time in the near future knock up a slum at Hartnell's Farm.
I must agree about the limitless waste of money on High Street paving. It is about time it was done as it was left in a mess by Wessex Water, but to be quite honest I don't think paving the High Street is top priority, unless they are worried they will be taken to court by someone tripping up there.
[quote][p][bold]Roger the cabinboy[/bold] wrote: This story highlights how shabby our council have become - the safety of our children comes second. They seem to have limitless amounts of money to waste on the high street paving. The reality of this crucial road crossing has been left to the commercial whims of a developer who may at some time in the near future knock up a slum at Hartnell's Farm.[/p][/quote]I must agree about the limitless waste of money on High Street paving. It is about time it was done as it was left in a mess by Wessex Water, but to be quite honest I don't think paving the High Street is top priority, unless they are worried they will be taken to court by someone tripping up there. heather147

7:21pm Tue 21 Jan 14

Edwap says...

I'm confused as to why people are criticising the council - the article clearly states that funding is in place for a lollypop person but no-one seems to be coming forward for the job.

Perhaps one of the concerned parents (or is it only one?) could apply for the job?
I'm confused as to why people are criticising the council - the article clearly states that funding is in place for a lollypop person but no-one seems to be coming forward for the job. Perhaps one of the concerned parents (or is it only one?) could apply for the job? Edwap

7:56pm Tue 21 Jan 14

Roger the cabinboy says...

Edwap wrote:
I'm confused as to why people are criticising the council - the article clearly states that funding is in place for a lollypop person but no-one seems to be coming forward for the job.

Perhaps one of the concerned parents (or is it only one?) could apply for the job?
The lollypop lady/man/person is ONLY there for an hour in the morning and perhaps the same in the afternoon. The rest of the time, crossing this horrible road is a nightmare. A crossing means we can all cross in relative safety no matter what time of the day or week.
[quote][p][bold]Edwap[/bold] wrote: I'm confused as to why people are criticising the council - the article clearly states that funding is in place for a lollypop person but no-one seems to be coming forward for the job. Perhaps one of the concerned parents (or is it only one?) could apply for the job?[/p][/quote]The lollypop lady/man/person is ONLY there for an hour in the morning and perhaps the same in the afternoon. The rest of the time, crossing this horrible road is a nightmare. A crossing means we can all cross in relative safety no matter what time of the day or week. Roger the cabinboy

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