Worried gran fears busy road is putting schoolchildren at Kirkby’s Orchard Primary in danger

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A WORRIED gran fears schoolchildren at a Kirkby school could be seriously injured unless a safety crossing is installed.

Concerned Susan Ashford, whose grandchildren Marcus (5) and Athena (4) attend Orchard Primary School on Chapel Street says the road outside the school is an ‘accident waiting to happen’ as traffic levels continue to grow.

Said Mrs Ashford: “The traffic comes along in clusters and is getting busier and faster and I am very concerned that someone is going to get injured or worse if things continue. There is a clear need for a safety crossing to be put in place.

“This has been a problem for a year or so now. It is very frantic at the start and end of the school day and I just want to warn people of the potential risk.”

The issue is now being looked into by Ashfield MP Gloria de Piero after Mrs Ashford raised the matter during a recent constituency event.

Ms de Piero said: “If parents, guardians and residents are worried then it is important bosses at Nottinghamshire County Council are made aware of this issue as soon as possible. Children’s safety is of the upmost importance and I’ve now written to the chief executive of the council and the Highways Department and asked them to examine this issue thoroughly and to strongly consider installing a crossing.”

Pam Shaw, county road Safety manager for Nottinghamshire County Council said a patrol service was currently in place at the school, while the children had also received road safety lessons.

She said: “The County Council provides a school crossing patrol service on Chapel Street, directly outside Orchard School, every school day from 8.15am to 8.50am and 3.15pm to 3.40pm.”

“Our accident report records covering the last five years, show there have been no reported accidents causing injury in the vicinity of the school in that period.

“The County Council has previously delivered cycle safety lessons for pupils at Orchard School in the summer of 2011 and would be happy to provide further road safety education at the request of the school.”