Fearful parents call for crossing
CONCERNED parents are campaigning for a pedestrian crossing to be installed near Frenchay Village Hall.
A pair of mothers whose children regularly attend the preschool based there are faced each morning with crossing the road to the hall, from either Beckspool Road or Cleeve Road.
Both say that with a pram and young children their crossings are "lethal" as cars "fly" along the road with no idea that people are trying to cross.
Rachael Mather, who lives in Grange Park, and Rebecca McLindon, who lives in Malmains Drive, began their campaign around six months ago.
Business Cards From Only £10.95 Delivered www.myprint-247.co.ukView details
Our heavyweight cards have FREE UV silk coating, FREE next day delivery & VAT included. Choose from 1000's of pre-designed templates or upload your own artwork. Orders dispatched within 24hrs.
Terms: Visit our site for more products: Business Cards, Compliment Slips, Letterheads, Leaflets, Postcards, Posters & much more. All items are free next day delivery. www.myprint-247.co.uk
Contact: 01858 468192
Valid until: Sunday, June 30 2013
They had seen each other struggling to cross the roads and decided to put their heads together to find a solution.
After speaking to other residents they realised that there had been a campaign for a crossing outside the hall for many years but nothing ever came of it.
Ms Mather, 38, who has a three-year-old son and is eight months' pregnant, said: "Local people had tried in the past to urge the council to do something about this but so far nothing has been done.
"We are now desperate for some sort of crossing to be put in place, and there is huge support for this in the community.
"As well as young mothers with toddlers attending baby groups and children attending after school activities, there are many elderly people in Frenchay who use the hall on a regular basis.
"Why wait for a child to be injured or worse before something is done about this?
"It seems that the council has dragged its feet for long enough on this issue – something urgently needs to be done."
The pair wrote to their ward councillor Trevor Jones (Con, Frenchay and Stoke Park) and have now managed to get the issue on the agenda of a Southern Brooks Area Forum meeting to be held at the Greenfield Centre in Winterbourne at 7pm tomorrow night, Tuesday.
The pair will be speaking at the meeting to put forward the idea to the community.
A South Gloucestershire Council spokesman said: "We are aware of residents' concerns.
"A scheme to provide a pedestrian crossing on Beckspool Road near the village hall has been identified and the proposals are due to be discussed at a meeting of the Southern Brooks Area Forum."