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An MP has added his voice to a campaign by pupils and teachers calling for improved road safety measures near a Carlton school

Tom Randall MP visited Haddon Primary & Nursery School to support their efforts in calling for a new pedestrian crossing on Westdale Lane between Glendale Close and Haddon Close.

The MP for Gedling visited the school earlier in the year and at that time discussed the issue with representatives of the children’s School Parliament.

Nina Capek is headteacher at the school and said she is really grateful for the MP’s continued support.

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She said: “We know that every school is concerned about the safety of its families during their journeys to and from school, but we feel that in our case there would be a simple solution which would dramatically improve road safety for school users and the wider community in Carlton.

“We are really grateful that Tom Randall MP is supporting us in our campaign for a pedestrian crossing on Westdale Lane, and that he has taken the time to visit us not once, but twice.  During his first visit, our children passionately explained to him why they felt a pedestrian crossing is needed. Mr Randall then joined us at the end of the day, in pouring rain, so he could see the issues for himself.  

“He was so impressed by the children and understanding of the issues that he agreed to support them in putting together a petition and obtaining signatures. The response to the petition has been phenomenal, and we have already gained a significant number of signatures.”

Pupil Ronnie Kremin is in year 6 and said: “We want to make it safer for people to walk to school by getting a crossing. This will also help the environment as people can leave their cars at home and walk to school. We think that if we all work together, we can make it better for a lot of people.”

Gedling MP Mr Randall said: “After hearing of a recent incident, sadly involving a child being hit by a car, I wanted to do all I could to improve road safety, so I have worked alongside school children to launch a petition calling on the County Council to install a pedestrian crossing.

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“It was great to see children so passionate about improving their local area when they were collecting petition signatures from families at the school gate last week.

“Afterwards, I walked around the neighbouring residential streets to collect additional signatures from the community. The petition will soon be submitted by Haddon Primary School to the County Council, and I hope to see a crossing installed soon.”

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4 COMMENTS

  1. Never heard “One term Tom” spouting when the Crossing Patrol Person was withdrawn.

    13 years of spending cuts, lies, corruption and tory cronyism.

    • The crossing patrol is still there, John. Stop spreading fake news and exchange your Party political attacks for facts!

  2. Such provision has been long overdue at this location, with ever increasing traffic volumes travelling to and from expanding areas along the Trent Valley, Netherfield areas. The difficulties encountered by many School Crossing Patrol officers from so few drivers is beyond comprehension. It is difficult to recruit for the role of School Crossing Patrol and at increasing financial cost. A school crossing would bring greater reassurance to parents and carers for the safe crossing of a busy road by their children, on the journey to and from a safe and secure place of learning. Embraced within a section clearly identified to be the location of a school and supplemented by 20 mph signage during travel times to and from school, who could oppose such provision, given support of the Carlton West County Councillor and the current MP for Gedling. I wish the community of Haddon Primary, every success in their campaign for a pedestrian crossing to serve the school and wider community. Well done to Haddon Primary pupils for your challenge and support to your communities.

  3. We have the crossing near Priory Road, but cars still drive through it frequently every day when people are waiting to cross, I was almost hit on Tuesday by a taxi driver (his wing mirror hit my coat, he was that close). It doesn’t mean the kids are safe!

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