New road safety measures planned for Kendal school after parents' concern

The Westmorland Gazette: Lollipop lady Janet Beaty with parents Penny Irvine and Lyndsey Goodyear Lollipop lady Janet Beaty with parents Penny Irvine and Lyndsey Goodyear

ROAD safety measures are set to be introduced near Heron Hill Primary School after parents slammed the ‘dangerous’ new position of a crossing patrol.

For years the lollipop lady serving the school stood at the Heron Hill Spar, on the corner of Esthwaite Avenue, but she was recently moved by Cumbria and its contractor Orian after the crossing was deemed 'unsafe'.

Parents said the new spot on Hayfell Avenue meant most children and parents had ‘crossed the most dangerous part’ before getting to her.

Lyndsey Goodyear, who has a son in Year One at the school, said: “We realise that the school patrol employer must also be safe, but we feel her position is not using her role efficiently and our children’s safety is being compromised.”

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School crossing patrol Janet Beaty said there were plans to move her further down Hayfell Avenue so more children would reach her before having to cross at the Spar.

Ms Goodyear said this would be ‘better’ but added: “The best places would be outside the Spar or outside the school itself.”

A spokesman for the county souncil said: “Following a review of the school crossing on Heron Hill, it has been temporarily relocated a short distance while a full assessment is undertaken to determine the most suitable position for the crossing.”

He went on to say the council was looking to introduce ‘appropriate’ safety measures in the area, which were likely to include new signs, flashing lights, road mar-kings and an advisory 20mph speed limit.

l Children at another Kendal school have joined their local county councillor in launching an appeal to find a new lollipop person to help them cross the road.

Pupils at Ghyllside Primary School and Coun Geoff Cook are appealing for help from anyone who may have time to spare to help them cross the road safely.

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