I fear a youngster will [...]; HEADTEACHER CLAIMS DRIVERS FAIL TO STOP AT ZEBRA CROSSING.
Byline: GARY PORTER Daily Post Reporter email@example.com
I fear a youngster will be killed outside my school A HEADTEACHER fears a child or parent will be killed because drivers are continually ignoring a zebra crossing outside a Flintshire school.
The stark warning was issued by Jane Borthwick, of Trelawnyd Primary School, who believes the longrunning problem of motorists failing to stop is an "accident waiting to happen".
For several years the school, along with local residents, have campaigned for the zebra crossing on London Road to be replaced with traffic lights.
Flintshire Council has submitted Welsh Government funding bids during the past two years to upgrade it to a pelican crossing, but they have both been unsuccessful.
Although the authority says it is still considering what funding bids will be lodged for this coming financial year, Mrs Borthwick claims she has been told the Trelawnyd issue is a "number one priority".
She said: "There has been countless incidents where cars don't stop, several near misses which have been reported to police.
"Eventually someone is going to get hurt - a parent, a child or a grandparent - there could be a fatal collision there. It's an accident waiting to happen.
"If we have a pelican crossing people will have to stop then."
Children recently staged a protest to raise awareness of the issue, while staff spent half an hour at the end of the school day monitoring the traffic.
Mrs Borthwick revealed: "We found that more than 150 cars went past. A lot of them didn't stop for kids or parents.
"A lot were also speeding - that's common. And with wrap around care it's a double hazard when it's dark."
A Flintshire Council spokesperson said: "The scheme to upgrade the existing zebra crossing to a pelican crossing at Trelawnyd School has been submitted for Welsh Government funding through the Safer Routes in the Community funding initiative in the past two years, but funding was not awarded to the scheme on both occasions.
"Flintshire County Councils bids for the 2016-17 fund are still being prioritised and once this work is completed the bids will be submitted to Welsh Government at the end of January."
| Trelawnyd Primary School headteacher Jane Borthwick at the zebra crossing
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|Publication:||Daily Post (Conwy, Wales)|
|Date:||Jan 25, 2016|
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