‘Only one way to fix crossing fear outside Bourne school’
A mother-of-two from Bourne is taking her fight for safety measures outside a town primary school to people with power to act.
Jenny Pace was sparked into action after a near-miss while taking her sons to school at Bourne Westfield Primary Academy where a car mounted a pavement and headed towards them before they managed to move out of its way.
The majority of people are supportive of something happening and all the responses I’ve had to the petition have been positive
Since the near-miss last October, Jenny has raised a petition signed by more than 200 people calling for a one-way system to be introduced around the school in Westbourne Park, Leofric Avenue, Saxon Way and Kingsley Way.
Jenny said: “The majority of people are supportive of something happening and all the responses I’ve had to the petition have been positive.
“We want a safer school run for the children, with a one-way system outside Bourne Westfield and ‘School: Keep Clear’ zig-zag lines to start at the corner of Godiva Crescent, continuing past the school gate for three metres to allow space for families to cross safely.
“I am hoping that the petition will inform people about the problems of dangerous driving on the pavements so they understand the need for a one-way system, compared to other ‘solutions’ like asking parents to walk and park safely, haven’t worked to improve the safety of the children.”
The petition was handed in to Bourne town councillors during a meeting on Tuesday when Jenny spoke of her fears that a serious accident or fatality could happen if things were left as they are.
Coun David Mapp, chairman of highways and planning for Bourne Town Council, said: “A resolution of the residents’ concerns rests primarily with Lincolnshire County Council which controls highways.
“But as a council, we should consider carefully the views expressed by residents and, where possible, assist in garnering support from Lincolnshire County Council to alleviate those concerns.
“At our next meeting, we will be having a general discussion ascertaining the routes open to us.
“But whatever is decided, it will have to be put to Lincolnshire County Council.”
Kevin Brumfield, area highways manager for Lincolnshire County Council, said, “We are aware that the streets around Bourne Westfield Primary Academy are getting congested, especially at the end of the school day.
“The school already has a clearly marked school safety zone and we would urge parents to park safely further away from school and walk just a short distance to collect their children.
“By parking in the school safety zone, they are posing a risk to children and other road users, as well as causing inconvenience to nearby residents.
“The police have advised us that they will patrol the area when possible to warn drivers who are parking irresponsibly.”
To support the petition, visit https:e.org/p/safety-1st-put-school-keep-clear-zigzag-lines-outside-bourne-westfield-pedestrian-gate-and-a-one-way-system