New crossing patrols for school near busy A6

Councillor Mark Perks, third right, and PC Lisa Hough, join parents protesting about speeding motorists at a lights crossing outside St John's Primary School on the A6 at Whittle-le-Woods.
Councillor Mark Perks, third right, and PC Lisa Hough, join parents protesting about speeding motorists at a lights crossing outside St John's Primary School on the A6 at Whittle-le-Woods.
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CHILDREN’s safety has been given a boost following the appointment of two school crossing patrols.

The appointments come after years of campaigning to Lancashire County Council by parents and councillors for the patrols.

Previously, parents at Whittle-le-Woods CE Primary, on the busy A6 Preston Road, have feared for the lives of their young children due to speeding cars outside the school.

There has been incidents at the school previously, last year, a parent ended up on bonnet of a vehicle, but managed to escape unhurt.

There has also been a number of near misses involving pupils and parents.

Buckshaw Trinity parents have also expressed concerns about the safety on Village Way.

But now, Lancashire County Council has said that crossing patrols will be outside both schools from September.

County Coun Mark Perks, who has lobbied Lancashire County Council alongside parents from both schools, said: “I am over the moon to have been informed that two long campaigns for school crossing patrols have been successful.

“Started by parents the campaigns have been supported, pushed and pursued by myself and they are now scheduled to begin at the start of the new term in September, which is excellent news.

“County Council officers have been more than willing to meet me on several occasions at the locations to see for themselves the issues that areinvolved.

“Both schools are on main busy roads that see a great deal of traffic, which in one form or another has raised safety concerns from parents.

“I’d like to thank Lancahsire County Council for making the correct decision and while it has taken some time, the end result has been worthwhile, both patrols will meet the needs of parents and mine.

Jennifer Mein, leader of Lancashire County Council, “We are happy to have been able to respond positively to the request for two crossing patrols at these locations and we’re pleased that we’ve been able to put them in place.”

Both Trinty Buckshaw Primary and Whittle-le-Woods CE Primary were unavaible for comment.