Fears for safety of Eardisley schoolchildren

Ledbury Reporter: Eardisley Primary School students & parents are appealing for improvements to be made to a pedestrian crossing next to the school.
back from left: Holly Prior, Hermione Scorer, Seren Mealand. front from left: Matthew Edmonds, Mia Williams, Imy Evans, Eardisley Primary School students & parents are appealing for improvements to be made to a pedestrian crossing next to the school. back from left: Holly Prior, Hermione Scorer, Seren Mealand. front from left: Matthew Edmonds, Mia Williams, Imy Evans,

AN entire Herefordshire village is concerned for the safety of its schoolchildren following a series of near-misses on the A4111 in front Eardisley’s primary school.

Every parent at the school has added their name to a petition to improve the crossing at the school, however head Bridget Knight has been told by Herefordshire Council there is not enough money to complete the improvements.

Mrs Knight is leading for calls for an upgrade to a pelican crossing, which would be operated by pedestrians using a button.

She said: “Public safety should drive what’s being spent, not the other way around.

“We know the zebra crossing is hazardous and is not fit for purpose.

“We want something that is going to keep our children safe”

A school governor, Sarah Cook, was involved in a collision while using the crossing two years ago, while Mrs Knight says she regularly hears the “screech of brakes” while in the playground.

Problems occur when drivers on the road – a 30mph limit, unlike many of the 20mph zones outside urban primary schools – try to pass vehicles they believe to have stopped.

Chairman of Eardisley Parish Council, Clive Skelton said it is a worrying problem that has been going on for years.

“We don’t want anything to happen, but until there is a serious accident nothing will get done,” he said.

“Our village was built for horse and carts, and as it has grown our streets are having to handle a high volume of traffic, including large industrial vehicles.”

The petition had been posted in the village shop and pub, and distributed through a school newsletter.

It has now been signed by almost the entire village, Mrs Knight said, with the tally running into the hundreds.

The crossing is well used, with limited on-site parking meaning most parents use it on a daily basis to walk their children to school.

Walking to school, added Mrs Knight, is encouraged for health reasons and the school children participate in ‘Walk to School Week’ and take part in ‘walking busses’.

The crossing is also used frequently during the term, in order for classes to access the tennis courts or the local church for services.

The children themselves have produced road safety posters as teachers aim to highlight the dangers on the road in front of the school.

“The children are worried,” added Mrs Knight.

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4:07pm Wed 18 Jun 14

Dan CB says...

Where the article refers to 'large industrial vehicles' the village is the main thoroughfare to England and South Wales for a Tarmac quarry - whom have tried to help by numbering their lorries so they can be reported for speeding. This is aside from the normal volume of traffic through the village
Where the article refers to 'large industrial vehicles' the village is the main thoroughfare to England and South Wales for a Tarmac quarry - whom have tried to help by numbering their lorries so they can be reported for speeding. This is aside from the normal volume of traffic through the village Dan CB
  • Score: 4

6:15pm Wed 18 Jun 14

WYSIATI says...

"Problems occur when drivers on the road – a 30mph limit, unlike many of the 20mph zones outside urban primary schools – try to pass vehicles they believe to have stopped."

It's not very clear but this suggests the problem is happening at the times that parents are collecting and dropping off - in which case the first thing to do is to get them to park safely in a way that cannot be taken to be anything to do with the crossing. If that means a bit of a walk so be it. - it has to beat a possible accident.
"Problems occur when drivers on the road – a 30mph limit, unlike many of the 20mph zones outside urban primary schools – try to pass vehicles they believe to have stopped." It's not very clear but this suggests the problem is happening at the times that parents are collecting and dropping off - in which case the first thing to do is to get them to park safely in a way that cannot be taken to be anything to do with the crossing. If that means a bit of a walk so be it. - it has to beat a possible accident. WYSIATI
  • Score: -1

1:32am Thu 19 Jun 14

jimatom says...

Its not parents parking near the crossing that's the problem,its when a car has stopped to let someone use the crossing and is overtaken by another car while children are actually walking across,and then you get the ones that don't stop at all. Something has to be done soon before one of the children gets seriously hurt or worse.
Its not parents parking near the crossing that's the problem,its when a car has stopped to let someone use the crossing and is overtaken by another car while children are actually walking across,and then you get the ones that don't stop at all. Something has to be done soon before one of the children gets seriously hurt or worse. jimatom
  • Score: 2

9:04am Thu 19 Jun 14

Dan CB says...

I can further confirm that no parents stop on the road outside the school - we all have to park in side streets and cross the main road as there is no drop of point due to the nature of the road.

Following on from my earlier post - if a mutli national company is trying to do it's bit to help, surely the council can do more.
I can further confirm that no parents stop on the road outside the school - we all have to park in side streets and cross the main road as there is no drop of point due to the nature of the road. Following on from my earlier post - if a mutli national company is trying to do it's bit to help, surely the council can do more. Dan CB
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8:14pm Thu 19 Jun 14

avaniceday says...

Have you got a 'Lollipop Man'?
Have you got a 'Lollipop Man'? avaniceday
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10:26pm Thu 19 Jun 14

WYSIATI says...

If it is people overtaking cars waiting at the crossing then it's a matter for the police. A bit of video evidence and some prosecutions. If they are doing that presumably they would run red lights too. A lollipop person might ensure a fair balance between pedestrians and drivers and keep impatience under control. Maybe a volunteer on the staff, or a rota.
If it is people overtaking cars waiting at the crossing then it's a matter for the police. A bit of video evidence and some prosecutions. If they are doing that presumably they would run red lights too. A lollipop person might ensure a fair balance between pedestrians and drivers and keep impatience under control. Maybe a volunteer on the staff, or a rota. WYSIATI
  • Score: 0

7:17pm Tue 24 Jun 14

probono says...

1 in 3 vehicles passing through Eardisley is a HGV or goods vehicel,
1 in 3 vehicles passing through Eardisley is a HGV or goods vehicel, probono
  • Score: 0

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