A rallying cry over ‘dangerous’ Daventry road

Staff, children and parent governors from Falconers Hill Infant School who have been campaigning for more safety measures next to the zebra crossing and on Ashby Road outside the school.  Pictured: Joan Goodrich, Gloria Edwards-Davidson, Teresa Bowmer and Caroline Awmack with children from the school Kitty Knowles, 6, Toby Woodbridge, 6, Rebecca Campbell, 6, Heather Howard, 6, Archie Long, 6 and Branden Tucker, 6. NNL-150930-123455009
Staff, children and parent governors from Falconers Hill Infant School who have been campaigning for more safety measures next to the zebra crossing and on Ashby Road outside the school. Pictured: Joan Goodrich, Gloria Edwards-Davidson, Teresa Bowmer and Caroline Awmack with children from the school Kitty Knowles, 6, Toby Woodbridge, 6, Rebecca Campbell, 6, Heather Howard, 6, Archie Long, 6 and Branden Tucker, 6. NNL-150930-123455009
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A Daventry campaigner has called a meeting to try and get something done about one of the town’s most dangerous roads.

Gloria Edwards-Davidson said: “For years this problem has been on the agenda, but nothing ever gets done.

“In all that time the problem has only got worse, with more homes built along the road, and more schools and shops built off it. And there’s more planned for it as well.”

Gloria has now called a meeting on October 23 to drive home the need for action, and to try and get the wheels in motion.

She said: “Something needs to be done before a child is killed. I’m frustrated nothing’s happened, and that why I’ve called this meeting – to get everyone who needs to be involved together in one room to sort something out.”

Invited people include representatives of the town, district and county councils, the schools along Ashby Road, the police and disability advice groups.

A 2013 county council study of Ashby Road showed up to 61.3 per cent of vehicles broke the 30mph limit.

Gloria added: “For decades parents, residents and local schools have reported concerns regarding road safety on Ashby Road. Children have been knocked down and parents continue to describe near misses when vehicles either fail to stop when pedestrians are waiting to cross or drive across the crossing when people are using it.

“Many years ago after intense lobbying a lollipop lady was appointed to see children safely across the road. When this much valued crossing attendant died extensive efforts were made in vain to replace her. Ironically the final decision from Northamptonshire County Council Highways Department was that ‘It was not considered safe for a crossing attendant to stand in the road due to the traffic’!”

“For over a decade extensive attempts have been made by Daventry District councillors and the three adjacent schools, local residents and parents to increase the safety of pedestrians and improve the flow of traffic on this busy route. The recent much welcomed development of the university technical college and the planned special needs school has also increased traffic on Ashby Road during school hours. As Daventry develops traffic pressures will continue to increase on this small feeder road to the original Daventry market town.

“This is a problem that will only get worse if we do nothing about it.”