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‘Disappointment’ over council response to calls for road safety measures outside Killisick Junior School

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An Arnold councillor said he is ‘disappointed’ with a council’s response to a petition calling for improved safety measures outside a junior school.

Coppice Ward councillor Henry Wheeler helped set up the petition wanting improved road safety measures outside Killisick Junior School, which was eventually signed by 526 people.

Parents had raised the issue with Mr Wheeler, saying the road outside the school ‘is used like a race track’ by drivers.

The petition was presented to Nottinghamshire County Council by Arnold North County Councillor Michael Payne on behalf of the school and local residents.

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Nottinghamshire County Council has since committed to conducting out a survey to see if road safety measures are required.

Mr Wheeler wants more urgent action.

He told Gedling Eye: “At the beginning of September Coppice councillors were pleased to help Killisick Junior School set up a Road Safety Petition, calling upon Nottinghamshire County Council to implement road safety improvements outside the school on Killisick Road.

“Today we are pleased to report that Nottinghamshire County Council will be commissioning a survey to determine whether the site will be appropriate for a School  Crossing Patrol.  

PICTURED: Councillor Henry Wheeler

“Road Safety Training will also be offered to Killisick Junior School by Via”.

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“However it is disappointing that more will not be forthcoming from Nottinghamshire County Council to make Killisick Road safer for pedestrians.  

“We will now be holding Nottinghamshire County Council accountable if any serious road accidents occur next to Killisick Junior School, or along Killisick Road, for failing to provide the adequate road safety measures called for by the schooll and local residents”.

Nottinghamshire County Council said as there has been no reports of injury, it would be difficult to putting in extra measures without a survey but would carry out road safety training with pupils.

A council spokesman said: Nottinghamshire  County  Council and Via East Midlands take  road  safety very seriously and has consistently invested in highway improvements  to  reduce  accidents on its roads.

“Every year there is a dedicated budget available to fund casualty reduction schemes at sites where high numbers of accidents are occurring and where there is a recognised  pattern of injury accidents.

Currently the Authority implements around 50 such schemes in a year, specifically aimed  at  accident problem sites.In the period between  01/01/2017 and 30/06/2020 there have been  no reported personal injury accidents so, at the present time, it would be difficult to justify  any improvements on these grounds

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“However, taking the petition into account the Via Road Safety Team has offered road safety training to the school and there will be a survey commissioned to determine if the site would be  appropriate for a school crossing patrol.”

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