PARENTS and children are being forced to walk onto a busy main road during rush hour with no cones protecting them while a pavement is closed - a mother has said.
Mother-of-three, Gillian Cotter, has hit out at Staffordshire County Council which has failed to put down traffic cones on the A444 Stanton Road, Stapenhill, to allow pedestrians to walk safely in the road to avoid pavement maintenance works.
However, the authority has said there are relevant safety signs and ‘works comply with safety regulations’.
Ms Cotter claims the lack of cones is very dangerous and added that while pedestrians could cross the road it causes hassle with young children.
She said: “Workmen are repairing the path on the A444 and they have been doing so for a week now.
“It starts just past Paulet School Drive and they are up near the Co-op on A444 now.
“They have caused havoc on the school run - mothers and children had to enter the road, and no cones were put out - this is very dangerous as A444 is an extremely busy road.
“They have continued to shut the path as they repair it but are still failing to put out cones for pedestrian safety.
“Okay, we could cross the road and cross back but that’s not the point. I have five-year-old twins and a baby in a pram so crossing a road needlessly is a lot of hassle.”
Simon Tagg, Staffordshire County Council cabinet support member for transport and the connected county said: “Officers are currently undertaking maintenance on the site.
“The relevant safety signs are visible and the works comply with safety regulations.
“A supervisor will be visiting the site on today to check how work is progressing.”