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Petition calls for crossing near Haddon Primary School in Carlton

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Concerned locals have been quick to sign a petition calling for a pedestrian crossing to be put in place near a school in Carlton.

Jodie van Alten, a local resident whose children attend Haddon Primary School in the area, started the petition as she felt that the road you cross to get to the school was unsafe.

She is calling on Nottinghamshire County Council to improve safety measures to make it easier to get across Westdale Lane near Haddon Road, which leads to the school.

A road safety assistant is available in the mornings and stops traffic but the mother-of-two said ‘you take your life in your hands’ trying to cross when collecting the children at the end of the school day.

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She told Gedling Eye: ” There is no lovely road safety assistant stopping the traffic in the afternoons and there is no zebra crossing, pelican crossing or light controlled crossing available.

“There are cars parked on both sides, half on the pavement and half off so you have to physically step out into the road to face the traffic to cross.

A crossing guard helps parents get across Westdale Lane in the mornings

“There are build outs to the pavement at one point but you can literally stand there until the road is clear or hope a driver takes pity on you when it’s raining and stops to allow you to cross. The road is in constant use – it’s so busy!

“I approached Nottinghamshire County Council, who are responsible for the highways, and they told me they felt they had done all that was possible to that area

“I don’t understand why someone decided that this area does not warrant a crossing; it’s the worst part with the hill. There are cars dodging pot holes and speeding inbetween cameras.

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“What is there currently is not adequate to support parents and carers to safely cross the road with their children.” 

“We should not have to wait for a death to occur. There will be blood on their hands if they take that attitude and someone dies.”

You can sign the petition here: https://www.change.org/p/highways-agency-nottinghamshire-county-council-petition-for-a-pedestrian-crossing-to-access-haddon-primary-school-safely

Gedling Eye has contacted Nottinghamshire County Council who have said they will respond to the story after taking to the relevant officers.

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