Pupils campaign for new crossing

The Eco Committee at Falconer's Hill Infant School, Ashby Road, have set up a petition to ensure a controlled crossing for Ashby Road.
The Eco Committee at Falconer's Hill Infant School, Ashby Road, have set up a petition to ensure a controlled crossing for Ashby Road.

Youngsters at Falconer’s Hill Infant School have taken the issue of road safety into their own hands by starting a petition .

The children are currently collecting signatures to get a controlled crossing on Ashby Road, near to the site of the infant and junior school alongside The Parker E-ACT Academy.

This follows a walking bus march they held on Wednesday last week encouraging cars to slow down along the road.

The school’s headteacher has praised the pupils for their actions.

Coleen Wilkins said: “The pupils have decided that it is best to have a controlled crossing for the road.

“Cars will come up to the hill and carry on going and before they know it, they are coming up to the crossing. There have been a lot of near misses on this crossing and there have been enormous problems on the road.

“We know this has been going on for a long time. When we were approaching people about our 50th anniversary celebrations, there were people who could remember accidents when the school opened.”

Mrs Wilkins added: “I would ask does a child really have to die in order that something is done about this?

“None of us here want that to happen and that is why we are pushing hard for this controlled crossing and for the situation to be sorted out.

The school plans to present the petition to Daventry MP Chris Heaton-Harris once it is complete.

Research carried out by MGWSP, Northamptonshire County Council’s highways contractor, showed half of the vehicles were speeding along Ashby Road.

MGWSP says the planned proposals will cost around £200,000 and will see major changes to force vehicles to slow down and encourage drivers to take alternative routes.

Plans include mini-roundabouts, vehicle-activated signs and chicanes or give way to on-coming vehicle’ spots. Also in place are temporary 20mph limits outside the schools during drop-off and pick-up times.