Appeal for safety measures near school

Road problems in Hinderwell'Emma Queen who wants measures put in place to slow traffic down on the road to Oakridge School.'Picture by Neil Silk  111904'10/05/11
Road problems in Hinderwell'Emma Queen who wants measures put in place to slow traffic down on the road to Oakridge School.'Picture by Neil Silk 111904'10/05/11
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A HINDERWELL mum is campaigning for safety measures to protect local children from speeding drivers near the local school.

Emma Queen says there is a constant stream of diggers, HGVs, catalogue vans, delivery trucks and cars trundling along the housing estate near Oakridge Primary School.

Some are going to the school and some are going to a new housing estate that is being constructed nearby.

However, the vehicles seem to be using Coronation Avenue as the main route even though it is a narrow street and most households have children who all play together on the street outside their homes.

Emma has lived on the street for 13 years and her husband who is 43 has lived in the area all his life but over recent years they have seen the problem getting worse and even letters from the headmaster and articles in the school newsletter haven’t been effective.

She is hoping that cycling proficieny lessons at the school and intervention from the community bobby might help before it’s too late.

She said: “My son is seven and I have only just let him out of the garden because all his friends are out.

“I tell him and tell him, and the others, about traffic but they are not aware of the dangers. I think if there was a policeman telling them they would take more notice, it sounds awful but they need to be shown what can happen.”

Emma said she had a near miss herself when she was setting off in her car and a child ran out in front of her and other neighbours have witnessed potential incidents.

She added: “My friend saw somebody coming around the corner on nearly two wheels. It is scary that something might happen before something is done.”