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Calls for lollipop person on 'dangerous' school road

Worcester Editorial 24th Sep, 2014 Updated: 19th Oct, 2016

A DETERMINED city councillor has set his sights on installing traffic calming measures on a ‘highly dangerous’ stretch of road by a city primary school.

Coun Alan Amos, ward member for Warndon, wants a lollipop person put in place near the Shap Drive entrance to the Oasis Academy Warndon – formerly Warndon Primary School.

He said the volume of traffic had been a longstanding problem and despite having yellow lines along the narrow road cars still parked either side which created a real danger for pupils.

The Mayor of Worcester told The Observer he felt the problem could be solved with a lollipop person as motorists respect the work they do.

“It’s the sheer danger of so many little kids coming out in such a compressed time with cars parked all over the place,” Coun Amos said.

“Even though some are friends and family waiting for kids, it’s completely dangerous and in such a tight space.

“I have been there on a number of occasions and it’s highly dangerous, these kids come out and they are running across the road and it bothers me they will get knocked down.

“It’s a very unfortunate entrance and exit so it needs some special attention and this might just be the solution if I can get it through.”

A meeting took place between Coun Amos and highways officers on Friday, September 12, and a personalised crossing assessment is now taking place to see if the road meets the criteria to have a lollipop person installed.

“I think people need to know that those of us in authority have recognised there is a problem and we are trying to do something about it, I don’t want to see a little kid injured,” he added.

“I know it’s something the school would support and it would solve the very long-running problem I’ve been dealing with for years.

“I don’t give up easily, so even if they say no first time around, I will keep on until they say yes.”

Worcestershire County Council highways department said they are investigating the issue at the present time.

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