Action to be taken on dangerous road near Royston schools

Action is set to be taken on Garden Walk in Royston, where two schools are situated Action is set to be taken on Garden Walk in Royston, where two schools are situated

Thursday, January 23, 2014
8:34 AM

Action is set to be taken to combat dangerous driving on a busy Royston street.

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A car parks on yellow zig zag lines in Garden Walk, RoystonA car parks on yellow zig zag lines in Garden Walk, Royston

A feasibility study into possible safety measures is set to be carried out in Garden Walk after residents complained about speeding cars and bad parking.

Litsa Downes and Sarah Sanderson, both of whom live in the area, addressed North Herts District Council’s Royston area committee at its meeting last Wednesday.

Cllr Fiona Hill, who chairs the committee, said: “They both have children at the schools, and raised a number of concerns, particularly with parked cars and speeding, and obviously safety of the children is paramount.”

Both The Meridian School and Greneway Middle School are located in Garden Walk, and the proximity of Icknield Walk First School also adds to congestion.

The situation is being exacerbated at the moment because at present there is no crossing patrol officer helping children cross the road.

Cllr Hill, who is also Royston’s county councillor, said: “The first priority is to get a new crossing patrol in place and I know the county council is looking to do this as soon as possible. And the feasibility study will be funded under the county councillor locality budget scheme, and the area committee agreed to give the study its full support.”

Dr Michael Firth, headteacher of The Meridian School, said: “We are very pleased that the council is dealing with the road seriously.

“We are aware that the council plan to reduce the speed limit to 20mph, which is clearly a good thing. We are already delighted that the road was resurfaced as there were a lot of potholes, but what is most important is having a lollipop lady at our end of Garden Walk, as they had previously made the area much safer.”

Laura Rawlings, headteacher at The Greneway Middle School, said: “I have become acutely aware of the difficulties which arise along Garden Walk at the beginning and end of the school days. This is as a result of the number of pupils using this road to get to and from Greneway and Meridian schools and the volume of traffic. This is particularly true at the end of school days when all 444 pupils leave Greneway at 3.20pm.

“In the last year, two pupils have been involved in accidents with cars outside the school at the beginning and end of school days, one of which resulted in a broken leg and hospitalisation. A number of pupils and parents have expressed concerns about safety linked to Garden Walk. I would be very keen to see additional measures in place to make Garden Walk safer.”

Measures such as pinch points, double yellow lines or speed humps could be among options considered.

A meeting has also taken place involving representatives from Meridian and Greneway schools, so that they could express their concerns.

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