Re-instate school crossing patrol at Nottage Primary School, Porthcawl
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There has been a school crossing patrol, or 'lollipop lady', on the busy road outside Nottage Primary School, Porthcawl, Bridgend, for many years. There is no pedestrian or pelican crossing anywhere along this road, so the lollipop lady has been the sole method of ensuring safe passage across the road for hundreds of children every day, from ages as young as three attending the nursery year, not to mention their younger siblings.
This 30mph road is extremely busy, especially at times of morning and evening school runs, and visibility is poor due to many cars parked along the road. In addition, coaches booked for school trips are often parked on the yellow zigzags by the school gates, further impairing visibility.
There has been a communication to parents today (12 July 2017) from the Bridgend County Borough Council Road Safety team that "there will be no school crossing patrol for the foreseeable future."
We, the undersigned, do hereby request that a school crossing patrol is re-instated as soon as possible outside Nottage Primary School.
The Council understandably has to make cut-backs, but we urge that these are not carried out to the exclusion of our children's safety. We are concerned that it will take the injury, or even death, of a child, before our concerns are heeded.
Several months ago on this road during the school run, a speeding driver not paying attention sadly took the life of the school cat. Let's act now to ensure next time this is not a school child.
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