urged to slow down outside Burnham school after safety scares
and parents at a Burnham-On-Sea school are this week urging motorists
to slow down after several road safety scares caused by the lack
of a crossing patrol officer.
Joseph's is currently without a 'lollypop person', but many children
and their parents still have to cross Oxford Street to reach the
two incidents over the past week in Oxford Street outside the
school, parents are appealing to drivers to be aware of children
Claire Edwards, who crosses Oxford Street each day with her three
children to reach the school, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "We're
urging motorists to slow down and take extra care when children
are heading to and from the school."
Friday, I was crossing with a group of mums and allowed plenty
of time for the children to cross when one car kept coming towards
us and then actually tried to drive around the children as they
were walking across. It was so dangerous."
need a new crossing patrol person here as soon as possible, but
in the meantime we are asking drivers to slow down."
spokesperson for Somerset County Council told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"We have been made aware that St Josephs School in
Burnham is currently without a Crossing Patrol Officer."
"We would urge drivers using Oxford Street near St Josephs
to please slow down, observe the Children Crossing sign, and where
it is safe and possible to do so, to stop and allow children and
their parents/carers to cross the road safely."
"We would also like to encourage parents, where possible,
to always escort their children across the road when arriving
and leaving the school."
parent, Jacqui Strong, added: "I saw a lot of distress on
one parent's face after she tried to cross with a group of other
parents and primary-aged children on Friday without our school
crossing patrol. A group of parents were crossing and a car tried
to overtake the group in an area with reduced visibility."
are currently without a crossing person for the foreseeable future
and we are not sure how long this is going to be the case, but
evidently the flashing amber signs with the warning 'Children
Crossing' sign are not enough."
added: "We need to highlight this to the public for the next
three weeks until the children break up from school. If drivers
are aware and see groups of parents with young children trying
to cross the road, they will hopefully slow down and possibly
assist by stopping to allow the group to cross."
St Joseph's spokesperson said the school is without a cross patrol
officer for "confidential reasons". The spokesperson
added that the school has invited parents to consider getting
trained in order to take on the role in the short-term.