Fresh term re-ignites debate over 20mph limit near Ulverston schools
Last updated at 16:15, Monday, 16 September 2013
A 20 mile-an-hour speed limit could help improve safety around Ulverston’s schools, it has been claimed.
The start of a new school year has highlighted the long-standing problem that some of the town’s narrow streets are not equipped to cope with the high volume of traffic during the school run, prompting fears for children’s safety.
Parents and residents are particularly concerned about traffic and street parking near to Croftlands Infant and Junior schools in Oakwood Drive.
County councillor Mark Wilson, who represents Ulverston East, believes a lower speed limit could be part of a broader programme of changes to improve the situation.
He said: “If we get several small steps in place, perhaps moving towards a walking bus, or organising another little area where parents could drop their children off where it’s safe and they’d be able to get across to school safely.”
“Also, there’s the 20mph issue. If you’re going through a built-up area or near a school, not only is it more safe, it’s more courteous.”
Pat Appleton, co-ordinator of Croftlands Community Safety Group, first raised the issue of street safety on behalf of her members in June. She said: “When the school was built it wasn’t envisioned that so many parents would come with their cars.”
The group organised a meeting to discuss the issue before the school finished for summer with parents, teachers and officers from the county council.
But the start of a new term has prompted concerns that the problem will return.
Cathy Styles, headteacher at Croftlands Junior School, said the problem was not unique to Oakwood Drive but added that staff would remain vigilant to ensure any new rules were enforced.
She said: “Parking outside schools at the beginning and end of the school day is a problem across the county.
“Many of our parents walk with their children but quite a few of our children come from further afield and have to come by car.
“Both schools are working with parents and the community to address the issue and we work closely together to give a consistent message.”
First published at 15:51, Monday, 16 September 2013
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Why do the police instead of putting speed cameras in high revenue locations, put speed cameras outside every school. This will slow all traffic to whatever the speed limit is set at. In addition, get your traffic wardens outside the schools. Yesterday was chaos up at Ulverston Victoria High School due to cars parking illegally to pick kids up all the way down and up the big dipper. Its just a matter of time before a child is seriously hurt outside one of the towns schools. ACT NOW to stop it happening.
Fully support 20mph limit around schools - hope its all schools because Springfield Rd outside St Mary's and Ulverston Vic is awful every morning and afternoon. I'm surprised there hasn't been a serious accident outside the Vic, kids crossing the road between cars etc. I don't know why so many parents have to drop their kids at the door when they are at secondary school. It is even worse on a wet day!!!