A VILLAGE primary school has taken action in an attempt to solve long-running traffic problems outside its gates.
Thomas Russell Infants’ School, in Station Road, Barton under Needwood, has made persistent efforts to put a stop to motorists flouting the law after being blighted by a host of speeding and parking problems for a number of years.
Concern among staff has heightened over the past year following the retirement of the school’s lollipop lady who, to the frustration of staff, has yet to be replaced
The school looked to have moved towards solving the issue after a 20mph zone was introduced outside the premises in December.
But the zone, part of Staffordshire County Council’s ‘20 is plenty’ road safety scheme, has failed to have the effect that staff hoped it would.
Lisa Farmer, co-head teacher at Thomas Russell Infants’ School, said: “We are concerned about the traffic in our village and the dangerous driving and parking around our school. We regularly see cars drive on the pavements, park on yellow lines and block the school driveway. We see parents drop children off in dangerous places and huge lorries drive through the village when children are walking to and from school.”
To raise awareness of the issue the school is to host an open day next week, which local councillors and members of the public are encouraged to attend.
It will feature projects produced by Year Two pupils in an attempt to make their voices heard.
Mrs Farmer added: “We have had our local police officers, teachers and road safety professionals helping us understand the importance of road safety in our village. Our school governors are also working very hard to get more safety measures around school. However, we think it’s about time all parents, members of the public and local councillors saw and heard what we think.
“We all spent our half-term holiday creating projects to try to solve the local road safety problems and we are having an open event for people to come and look at them in school.”