In September 2015 my eldest son started Sundorne Infants School. We walk to and from school every day and as advised by the school we use the ‘Back Gate’ to get to his classroom.
The Back Gate is situated on Meadow Farm Drive on the Infant and Secondary school fenced perimeter and is opened at 8:30am and 14:30 by a caretaker Monday to Friday. The easiest way to cross the road from the Lantern side of the street is via a dropped curb which is repeated at the other side of the road outside the gate.
During school pick up times this part of Sundorne becomes very busy. Parents are encouraged to park at the Lantern and not on East Crescent outside the front entrance of the school which is on-street parking in front of houses. On Meadow Farm drive there are a lot of parked cars and also the attraction of a play park opposite the gate. Parents who are also picking their other children up from the junior school will use the back gate as it is quicker than walking around from the front entrance.
The Front Entrance is situated on East Crescent. This residential road has many speed (20mph) and safety messages including speed bumps, and road and lamppost signage to drive slowly in the ‘School Zone’.
I understand that as the children who attend Sundorne Infants are at a young age this requires them to have parental responsibility to walk to and from school as they are not old enough to walk un-supervised. Regardless of this fact, I have great concerns that one day a small child is going to slip their parents tight grip and run out into this road and be injured by an oncoming car traveling at 30mph.
This in my opinion is one of the busiest routes in and out of the Infant school. I am amongst numerous concerned parents that believe something should be put in place here, to not only provide a safer crossing for children but also some speed measures and knowledge for the 30mph drivers on that road at all times.