Thousands of pupils face delay in safety works

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Planned work to make Ashby Road in Daventry safer has been delayed until work gets under way on the town 
centre.

The news has prompted an angry reaction from head teachers at schools based on the road, with one of them calling for an urgent review of safety on the site.

A spokesman for Northamptonshire County Council (NCC) said: “We are aware of concerns over road safety in Ashby Road, Daventry, and are working with developers to secure funding to pay for measures to be introduced.”

NCC said there was no timescale or detail on what work would be done. However, the authority is talking to Henry Boot, the firm behind the redevelopment of the town, about funding to improve the safety of the road.

The principal of the Parker E-ACT Academy has called for a review of Ashby Road.

Andrew Mackereth said: “It is absolutely mind-boggling how there has not been a serious accident on the road already. The majority of people driving along the road go sensibly. It is one or two drivers who drive with no consideration for the road.

“I think an urgent review needs to be carried out into safety on the Ashby Road, especially with the three schools on the campus and the UTC nearby.

“If the county council could come out and see the road during the rush hour, it might help it to see the problems.”

Falconer’s Hill Infant School, based on the road, organised a petition to call for a pelican crossing on the road.

It was handed to Daventry MP Chris Heaton-Harris who presented to Parliament.

The school is also unhappy there will be a delay to the traffic calming measures.

The school’s headteacher, Coleen Wilkins, said: “We do not feel this is sufficient because the school site is on the brow of a hill and cars coming up the road are upon the zebra crossing with very little warning.

“One of our children was knocked down actually on the crossing last school year.

“With four schools on site and more than a thousand children’s lives at stake, we are very concerned that this issue is not being taken more seriously.

“Does a child have to die before more notice is taken?”