Pupils present road petition

Children at Falconer's Hill Infants School, handed over a petition to Chris Heaton-Harris, to get a controlled crossing on Ashby Road.'Pictured with Chris are Lola Gunn ( 6 ), Gemma Powell ( 7 ) & Freya Green ( 6 )
Children at Falconer's Hill Infants School, handed over a petition to Chris Heaton-Harris, to get a controlled crossing on Ashby Road.'Pictured with Chris are Lola Gunn ( 6 ), Gemma Powell ( 7 ) & Freya Green ( 6 )
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A petition drawn up by pupils from a Daventry school will be presented to the Houses of Commons after they handed it to the town’s MP.

The pupils at Falconer’s Hill Infant School in Ashby Road gave the petition to Daventry MP Chris Heaton-Harris on Friday last week.

The petition asks Northamptonshire County Council (NCC), who are in charge of the roads, to install a pelican crossing on Ashby Road. The MP will hand the rewards of their efforts both to the county council and to Westminster.

About 400 signatures have been collected by the pupils with concerns raised about the speed of the traffic and volume of cars.

Headteacher Coleen Wilkins said: “The children have gathered the petition together because they are so concerned about how dangerous Ashby Road is.

“They are desperate to get a pelican crossing on the road.”

The children from the school have been carrying out research to find out how dangerous the road is and they presented their findings to the MP when he visited the school.

Mrs Wilkins added: “The children were delighted to hear he would not only raise the issue of a controlled crossing on Ashby Road with NCC, but also in the House of Commons.

“He seemed genuinely interested and impressed with all the work the children had done on road safety. They really enjoyed meeting him because they felt they were listened to and their petition would be brought to the attention of those who could do something positive about it.”