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Pupils rise to the challenge


Pupils have offered to hold a cake stall to raise money for a pedestrian crossing outside their school.

Staff and parents at Carnarvon Primary School, Bingham, have been campaigning for a crossing on Grantham Road.

Investigations took place to decide whether or not a new pedestrian crossing should be installed but none of the locations met Nottinghamshire County Council’s criteria.

It followed calls from parents for a safer crossing from the Bird Estate to the school on Nursery Road. Pupils from Toot Hill School also have to cross the road.

The head of Carnarvon, Mr Jonathan Cunliffe, backed the calls for the crossing.

He said the school council was writing to the county council to voice their disappointment and to offer to organise a cake stall to raise money for the crossing.

Mr Cunliffe said the youngsters were determined to do all they could to ensure it was installed.

He said the pupils felt that the lack of a crossing facility did not promote independence.

Mr Cunliffe said the pedestrian crossing would mean parents could allow children to walk to school in the knowledge there was a safe place to cross.

He said it seemed ridiculous that there was not a crossing for such a busy road.

He said: “We still think it is a very busy road with the cars going far too fast and it doesn’t encourage people to walk to school, so therefore people drive. It doesn’t encourage independence.

“The speed limit is supposed to be 30mph but some don’t adhere to it.”

Mr Cunliffe said there was no warning for drivers that there was a school nearby, or telling them to slow down.

Mr Paul Hillier, the county council’s local transport plan officer, said they were looking to revise the current criteria for crossing facilities by the end of the year — giving hope for a crossing on Grantham Road.

Mr Hillier said at present they only took into account the number of people crossing the road and the number of cars driving past, but did not take into account individual issues, such as the width of the road, speed of the cars and who was crossing.

In a questionnaire, collected by the school, about 50 parents indicated they would walk to school if there was crossing.

The school also collected about 300 signatures from parents in favour of providing the crossing during a sport day held in the summer.

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