Providing safer routes to school is ongoing scheme

PUBLISHED: 12:03 12 October 2006 | UPDATED: 14:50 12 May 2010

YOUR article in last week s Crow on parents plea over danger road, highlights concerns that Herts County Council has been consulting upon. Safer Routes to School is an ongoing county council commitment which we all support. It is proposed to make mandato

YOUR article in last week's Crow on parents' plea over danger road, highlights concerns that Herts County Council has been consulting upon.

Safer Routes to School is an ongoing county council commitment which we all support.

It is proposed to make mandatory the existing School Keep Clear markings that are at the moment advisory.

Studlands Rise and The Meridian School are included in this programme, and await funding.

I must add that not all schools wish for such measures.

School Keep Clear markings are placed to keep the roadway space outside schools free from parked vehicles in order that children can be more easily seen when crossing the road.

However, this does not redress the danger from vehicles who travel above the speed limit, or the many children who cross roads indiscriminately, totally ignoring controlled crossings, forcing drivers to stop.

Like Jane King, I am concerned that a great deal more awareness and care is taken by both drivers and children.

Cllr DOUG DRAKE

Royston

Herts County Council

REGARDING The Crow's story last week concerning improving road safety measures near three schools in Royston, promps us to write to say that your local Liberal Democrat councillors agree with the parents' view that action should be taken.

We would also hope that the needs of other schools in Royston are not forgotten, especially the Burns Road schools - Roman Way and Roysia - where a railing was severely damaged as a result of reckless driving.

Everything should be done to make it easy and safe for children to walk or cycle to school throughout Royston.

We have been great supporters of the Safer Routes to Schools scheme as this helps to improve our children's health.

Cllr LIZ BEARDWELL

Cllr ROBERT INWOOD

Royston Palace ward


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