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School wins battle for road crossings

By MIG: Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: May 30, 2007

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FAMILIES are celebrating victory this week after a 14-year long campaign for road safety measures outside a Leek school.

Highway officials from Staffordshire County Council have given £100,000 to a project to improve road safety and traffic congestion near to All Saint's School in Cheddleton Road, Leek, after a tireless campaign by residents, staff and families.

The package of improvements includes pedestrian controlled crossings on each of the three legs of a junction on the A520 and street light improvements to aid visibility in the dark.

The battle for road safety improvements has been raging for many years with many meetings and a petition being launched in June, 2006.

All Saints First school headteacher Isobel Smith, who is due to retire at Christmas, has been campaigning for around 11 years. Councillor Neal Podmore has also been pushing for the improvements.

County council senior project engineer Michael Smith made the announcement at a Leek Town Council meeting. He told Your Leek Paper: "We have created a design that facilitates safer crossing for school children and the public. The pedestrian controlled crossings will hopefully help control the traffic onto the A520 from Junction Road, and also ease congestion and road rage."

Asked why the project has taken so long to complete, he said: "It is all down to justification and resources. There isn't enough money for all the schemes in the area to be funded, they are individually justified on their merits.

Along with the petition, letters have been written by the schoolchildren expressing their concerns about safety when walking to school.

Mr Smith said: "In today's culture we look to improve safety for vulnerable people and children fall into that category."

The project wa still in planning stages with officials currently performing a consultation for the public, he said.

"These things do take time. When the consultation is complete we hope the public will support our plans.

"We believe our scheme will satisfy any objectors and make life better for the residents and the school. If there are no major objections we hope to start the work in September."

The £100,000 package has been sourced from the Local Transport Plan in the Transportation Section at Staffordshire County Council.

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  • MIG: Leek Post and Times  |  May 28 2007, 2:02PM

    It is all well and good a crossing being put in down there and i fully understand that but there are children in other places and lolypop men/ women that need something doing just as bad, My husband works on mill street as the lollypop man and nearly every day he is coming home shaken up because he has nearly been hit and on a couple of occasions children have nearly been hit and nothing is being done for the safety of my husband or the children crossing down there, hes even had police standing with him who have agreed that it is a very dangerous road and many peole including me have seen the neer fatel accidents he can have most days with the cars. the council need to look at all the other places that are potentially dangerous for children and the people trying to do there job, just because my husband isnt working right next to a school it doesnt mean that he should be forgotten about and safety isnt as much of an issue. he has been to the paper about it before and from him doing that people aroundf the area got into gear and did a partician and get all the credit well its my husband that risks his life every day to go down there do the wortk and make sure the kids get across that road safely wheres his gratitude........ it all goes to the girl who wrote up the partician and that labourer ann something..... its not on and its not fair, something might get done if a kid or my husband gets knocked down its a bit late then isnt it..........