Petition calls for new road safety scheme

Fears that a child could be killed or seriously injured have prompted residents of Beaufort Road in Morecambe to start a petition calling for more traffic safety measures on the street.

Wednesday, 13th July 2016, 8:00 am
From left: Beaufort Road residents Glenys Dennison, Pauline Nutt, Ray Stallwood, Sandra Stallwood and Coun Roger Dennison. The residents started a petition calling for more traffic signs or traffic calming measures on Beaufort Road to prevent an accident.

Greatwood School has recently expanded meaning more children are using the road and this has increased parking issues near the school and also speeding issues with people using the road as a cut through, according to residents.

So far, 370 residents have signed the petition calling for the county council to look at improving traffic measures which will be submitted this week. Torrisholme Ward town councillor Roger Dennison said: “Controlling the parking outside the school is critical.

“There have been a couple of close shaves with kids getting knocked down. One parent in a 4 x 4 vehicle pushed an A board away and parked on the pavement outside the school. People also ignore the 20 mphsign. We are trying to improve the street for the safety of the kids and the pedestrians. “

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The Visitor has joined forces with Morecambe Town Council for the Park and Stride campaign highlighting the dangers of parking inappropriately outside schools.

Headteacher of Greatwood School John Ross is backing the road safety campaign and the petition.

A spokesman for Lancashire County Council said: “We have been supporting the headteacher’s work to create a safer environment outside the school gates and will consider the issues raised by the petition.”